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BOOKS
Arrival of the Snake-Woman Arrival of the Snake-Woman Arrival of the Snake-Woman
Fiction
Paperback
9781894770538
Publisher: Mawenzi House, 2009, Toronto (first published Longman Caribbean Writers Series 1989)
Set in Jamaica, these powerful and poignant stories 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 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... contains some of Olive Senior's masterpieces. A new edition is a cause for celebration.
From the Afterword by H Nigel Thomas

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.
CARIBBEAN WEEK

An exquisitely crafted collection of stories... the volume shimmers with rhythm, colour and a deep intelligence...
HERIZONS

The style she writes in is consistently delightful and easy to read, so easy indeed, that the unsuspecting reader runs the risk of forgetting the deep and sometimes dreadful concerns to which she would point her audience.
JOURNAL OF WEST INDIAN LITERATURE