In the late 19th century, an English missionary arrives on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, intent on wiping our fornication among the natives. Instead he incurs a curse that strikes first his dark-skinned wife, then his son and grandson. But is the curse supernatural--or a white man's guilty fascination with an alien new world? "A hypnotic, cryptic, haunting exploration of the power of memory".--Boston Globe.

The Book of Color 1996, Vintage, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780679758372

Trade paperback

The Book of Color 1995, Pantheon Books

ISBN-13: 9780679439837

American edition