Novel set in The Bahamas: ‘Fingerprints of Previous Owners’

Repeating Islands


A report from Cornell’s News Center. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

Cornell College Professor Rebecca Entel’s book is earning strong reviews as people take in the story found within the pages of her first novel.

In fact, “Fingerprints of Previous Owners” has landed on 2017 must-read lists and has gained the attention of many reporters. The English professor has been interviewed by several publications such as the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Entel’s book takes place at a Caribbean resort built on top of slave plantation ruins. The narrator, Myrna, works as a maid at the resort by day; by night she secretly excavates the ruins. Tension erupts in the pages of Entel’s book with the arrival of an African-American tourist, who has new information about the history of the slave-owner’s estate.

“I’ve been traveling to a small island in…

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