Jamaican-born Erna Brodber, a respected sociologist and critically acclaimed novelist, fuses the literary genres of fiction and nonfiction in this nontraditional, highly imaginative coming-of-age story laced with political and cultural messages. Often referred to as a prose-poem, Jane & Louisa Will Soon Come Home reflects an internal sociological perspective. At first, readers are outsiders, but soon they are invited into the narrative that is best understood in its totality and in the context of Jamaican history. Brodber breaks up the life story of Nellie, the primary narrator, into nonchronological vignettes that explore dimensions of the difficulties of the protagonist's childhood, sexuality, and search for identity under the circumstances of Jamaica's tumultuous past and colonial legacy. Brodber does not dwell on race or history but mixes each into Nellie's process of identity formation: Nellie is not merely aware of how she is seen by others but how she, herself, constructs her own identity examining her reflection in the looking glass of others' perceptions of her. In the end, she initiates her own recovery of her past traumas and rewrites her story. Table of Contents:My Dear Will You Allow Me Voices / The Tale of the Snail in the Kumbla / Still Life / Miniatures To Waltz with YouInto This Beautiful GardenJane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home The One-Sided Drum / The Kumbla / The Spying Glass / The Moving Camera / The Pill / The Fish Titles of related interest also from Waveland Press: Brodber, Myal (ISBN 9781478623113); Edgell, Beka Lamb (ISBN 9781478629412); Hodge, Crick Crack, Monkey (ISBN 9781478606598); Lovelace, The Wine of Astonishment (ISBN 9781478611271); and Warner-Vieyra, Juletane (ISBN 9781478611783).
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Used availability for Erna Brodber's Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home
April 1981 : UK Hardback
July 2014 : USA Paperback
April 1981 : UK Paperback