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Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad Paperback – November 29, 2005
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The compilation has 26 short stories and one poem, so the writings are quite diverse. However, all the stories are written powerfully. The anthology features such renowned authors as Edwidge Danitcat, Paule Marshall, Jamaica Kincaid and Elizabeth Nunez as well as some lesser known authors such as Velma Pollard, Alecia McKenzie and Olive Senior. Some of the stories are sad and some display eroticism of a Caribbean nature very intensely. A few standout stories are: "First Born," by Alecia McKenzie which talks about the love of a mother for her first born son to the exclusion of her other children; "The Good Life," by Patricia Powell which deals with a woman who as a child fell in love and later bore the children of a married older man; and "In a Window," by Dionne Brand which tells of a young Caribbean woman living in Amsterdam who made her living as one of the women in the window. These are only a few of the stories but most will remain in your psyche long after the final pages are read.
STORIES FROM BLUE LATITUDES is a well-compiled anthology of female Caribbean writers. With such diverse stories and written prose, readers are sure to find a story they will definitely love. The writings are detailed and vibrant and although the stories are short, they convey much in meaning. I will say at times the pace is like when you are visiting a Caribbean Island, slow and deliberate. Yet, this is a recommended anthology because of the powerful emotions, sentiments and messages within its pages. The editors have compiled a wonderful mix and array of writers and stories.
Reviewed by Cashana Seals
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers