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Crossing the River

Crossing the River

In desperate financial straits, a father sells his three children into slavery. Crossing the River follows the scattered children across continents and through time to wherever their lives lead them: the hold of a slave ship, an African mission, Colorado, and an English village during the war.

About the Author

Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips was born in March 1958 on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. He grew up in Leeds and read English at Queen’s College, Oxford. He is the editor of two anthologies and is the author of three works of non-fiction and eight novels. Crossing The River was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. After being named The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 1992, Caryl Philips was on the 1993 Granta list of Best of Young British Writers. His novel, A Distant Shore, won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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