By Love Possessed: Stories (Paperback)
"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.
“A matchless mosaic portrait. . . . A perfect complement to her evocative, widely admired memoir. . . . The voices come vividly off the page. . . . [Goodison] taps deeply into universal experience and offers up these lives with brutal honesty and poignant humanism.”
“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.”
“Alternating between flat-out humor, aching pain, and the confusion of bridging cultures, [these] stories weave around one another in a rhythmic, engaging palette of language and characters sure to remain with the reader.”
“[A] captivating and poetic collection.”
“Goodison deals with the physical world and the words flung between her powerful characters—she’s scoring a dance. . . . It’s an addictive game to play, paying attention to the silences in the songs.”
“A beautifully written and evocative book. . . . Goodison finds a glittering and urgent beauty in the everyday, without shying away from a frank confrontation of those moments when the everyday is shattered by trauma.”
-Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool SelfDanielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
“Few writers are as attuned as Goodison to the heartaches and triumphs of Jamaicans, especially Jamaican women. . . . Fewer writers still tell us so much about what it means to be human.”
-Elizabeth Nunez, author of Prospero's Daughter and Boundaries
“How Lorna Goodison manages to capture so much about human complexities in these stories is baffling. I just love this book.”
-Uwem Akpan, author of Say You're One of Them