By Love Possessed: Stories

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"A beautifully written and evocative book."
--Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

"Written by the hand of a poet, the prose in this collection is consistently beautiful."
--Elizabeth Nunez, author of Prospero's Daughter and Boundaries

"I love the tender beautiful writing; I love the characters, and in many ways it felt as if I had met them before....I just love this book."
--Uwem Akpan, author of Say You're One of Them, an Oprah Book Club selection

Internationally renowned and award-winning poet Lorna Goodison brings us By Love Possessed, her long-anticipated collection of short fiction. Making dazzling use of the Creole patois of Jamaica, Goodison limns the beauty and despair of the human condition and explores the unique power of love to both uplift and destroy. Goodison's powerfully moving stories explore the pain, the struggle, and the triumph of Jamaicans--particularly women--those still living on their Caribbean island and those who have emigrated elsewhere. By Love Possessed is a rare and beautiful gift from an extraordinary writer who was mentored by the legendary Derek Walcott and who stands with Edwidge Danticat as a brave and breathtaking voice in contemporary literature.

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These beautifully crafted stories will introduce readers to the fiction of one of our literary bright lights – Lorna Goodison, the internationally renowned poet and award-winning author of the memoir From Harvey River. In sensuous language textured with the cadences of Creole speech, these stories vividly evoke a world where pride, injustice, love, and unexpected changes of fortune leave their mark but cannot extinguish the human spirit.

When her past lover returns to Jamaica with his Irish bride, a successful businesswoman must contend with her old flame’s renewed courtship. A well-known chanteuse with humble beginnings tells a young female reporter the tale of her life’s great turnaround. In the Pushcart Prize-winning story “By Love Possessed,” Goodison reveals the melancholy and resilience of a woman whose illusions about her dream man come to a disturbing and abrupt end.

With warm humour, empathy, and an unsentimental and perceptive eye for the foibles of human relationships, Goodison immerses us into the lives of an unforgettable community of people as they face challenges both intensely private and universally recognizable.

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Paperback. Pub the Date: May. 2012 Pages: 272 in Publisher: Amistad With the 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 aoad with his Irish ide in tow. 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 ...

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