With this highly praised collection of short fiction, Lorna Goodison demonstrates why she may be one of literature’s best-kept secrets. In the Pushcart Prize-winning title story, humble Dottie thinks her luck has turned when she meets Frenchie, the best-looking, if not most reliable, man in the whole of Jamaica. In “The Helpweight,” an accomplished woman must bear the burden of an old flame’s renewed affections when he returns from a life abroad with his Irish bride in tow.
“Every tale . . . introduces characters that will sustain your interest far more than novels with twice the length and none of the panache of Goodison’s sparkling prose.” – Essence
And in “Henry,” a young boy turned out of his house to make way for his mother’s lover sells roses on the street to survive. On a whim, he bites off a bloom, which he can feel burning inside his mouth like a red pepper light, hoping it will take root and beautify his own life. Poetically rendered, these and over a dozen other evocative stories create a world in which pride can nourish a soul or be its ruin and where people are in turn uplifted and undone by love.
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- HW Pick: Poetry Reading Based on sculptures by Mark di Suvero (harlemworldmag.com)