Simone Schwarz-Bart was born in 1938 in southwestern France and moved, with her mother, to Guadeloupe when she was three months old. She later studied in France and married the Jewish French writer André Schwarz-Bart. In 1967 they published their joint novel, Un plat de porc aux bananes verts (A Dish of Pork with Green Bananas). Schwarz-Bart has traveled widely, living in Senegal and Switzerland, and now lives in Goyave, a small community in Guadeloupe. The Bridge of Beyond was awarded the literary prize of the French magazine Elle.
A multi-generational tale of love and madness, mothers and daughters, folkloric wisdom and the grim legacy of slavery, set on the French Antillean island of Guadeloupe. “There’s magic, madness, glory, tenderness, above all abundant hope.”—Financial Times