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Length: 161 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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About the Author

Olive Senior is the prize-winning author of a dozen books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her short story collection Summer Lightning (Longman, 1986) won the inaugural Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, and her poetry collection Over the Roofs of the World (Insomniac, 2005) was a finalist for the 2005 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. Born in Jamaica, she divides her time between Jamaica and Toronto, Ontario. Learn more at --This text refers to the paperback edition.


"[Its] voices are authentic - a variety of rhythms and cadences appear on the page - and Olive Senior pulls readers into quiet moments of transformation with considerable emotional intensity. Like Alice Munro's stories, some are remarkably complex structurally ... like Mavis Gallant's short stories, these combine the engaged eye of a resident with the distanced eye of an observer ... I read The Pain Tree twice (yes, twice!)" - Buried in Print

"[Senior's] prose is supple and ornate ... there is technique aplenty." - Quill and Quire

"At every level of her stories' constructions, Senior works deftly ... dealing with open palms in the deep wells of remembrance, ancestry and a crosshatch of colonising scars, this fiction looks face-upwards to the mountains of multiple Jamaicas for hope, home and daily bread." - The Trinidad Guardian

"The magic of Olive Senior's stories is that they weather time with uncommon power. In these collected short fictions, published and broadcast in various incarnations from the 1990s forward, the concerns of class, language, identity, and refuge reign, explored in prose that is all the more commanding for its subtle navigations." - Caribbean Beat

"We read these stories fully expecting that we will meet our real selves along the way. We are not disappointed." - Rachel Manley --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B018J2RFS0
  • Publisher : Cormorant Books (24 November 2015)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1743 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 161 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1770864342
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars ... Summer 2016 on vacation in the Caribbean - Absolutely Amazing! Olive Senior is great at taking the complex ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting look at Caribbean society.
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