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Arrival of the Snake-woman

A collection of stories by

The Toronto author Olive Senior's Jamaican birthplace provides the setting for these powerfully engaging stories that span a period of roughly 150 years, from the closing days of slavery in 1838 to the 1980s. 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; her characters emerge as triumphant examples of the human spirit unravelling the complex weave of race, class, and cultural and ethnic identity. The First Canadian Edition, Arrival of the Snake-Woman contains some of Olive Senior's masterpieces. A new edition is a cause for celebration." - H Nigel Thomas, from the Afterword "Arrival of the Snake-Woman has consilidated (Olive Senior's) reputation as one of the most accomplished writers of short fiction and as one of the Caribbeans finest creative minds." - Caribbean Week

Genre: General Fiction

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Paperback Editions

October 2009 : Canada Paperback

Title: Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories
Author(s): Olive Senior
ISBN: 1-894770-53-6 / 978-1-894770-53-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: TSAR Publications
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November 1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Arrival of the Snakewoman and Other Stories (Caribbean Writers S.)
Author(s): Olive Senior
ISBN: 0-582-03170-2 / 978-0-582-03170-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Longman
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