Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories

Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories

by Olive Senior


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The Toronto author Olive Senior's Jamaican birthplace provides the setting for these powerfully engaging stories that span a period of roughly 150 years, from the closing days of slavery in 1838 to the 1980s. The tensions wrought by rapid change and conflicting loyalties are at the heart of these stories, most beautifully evoked in the novella Arrival of the Snake-Woman. Here a young boy narrates the seminal event of his childhood in the late nineteenth century: the coming of a lonely Indian indentured woman into a mountain village. Senior's stories are leavened with wit and humour and the intricate play with language; her characters emerge as triumphant examples of the human spirit unravelling the complex weave of race, class, and cultural and ethnic identity. The First Canadian Edition, Arrival of the Snake-Woman contains some of Olive Senior's masterpieces. A new edition is a cause for celebration." - H Nigel Thomas, from the Afterword

"Arrival of the Snake-Woman has consilidated (Olive Senior's) reputation as one of the most accomplished writers of short fiction and as one of the Caribbeans finest creative minds." - Caribbean Week

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894770538
Publisher: Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Olive Senior is one of Canada's most internationally recognised and acclaimed writers. Amongst her many awards and honours she has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and F.G. Bressani Literary Award, and was runner up for the Casa de Las Americas Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. In 2003, she received the Norman Washington Manley Foundation Award for Excellence (preservation of cultural heritage - Jamaica). Her body of published work includes four books of poetry, three collections of short stories and several award-winning non-fiction works on Caribbean culture.

Table of Contents

Arrival of the Snake-Woman 1

The Tenantry of Birds 49

The Two Grandmothers 67

Tears of the Sea 83

See the Tiki-Tiki Scatter 91

The View from the Terrace 99

Lily, Lily 123

Afterword H Nigel Thomas 159

Acknowledgements 171

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