Arrival of the Snake Woman
author’s Jamaican birthplace provides the setting for these
powerful and poignant stories that span a period of roughly
150 years, from the closing days of slavery in 1838 to the
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 and her characters emerge as triumphant examples of the human spirit unravelling the complex weave of race, class, and cultural and ethnic identity.
"Arrival of the Snake-Woman has consolidated (Olive Senior’s) reputation as one of the most accomplished writers of short fiction and as one of the Caribbean’s finest creative minds."
"An exquisitely crafted collection of stories . . . the volume shimmers with rhythm, colour and a deep intelligence that opens a window into the complex world of people colonized by dominant white culture."
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-53-8
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paperback; 176 pages
Publication Date: October 2009
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