Me Dying Trial

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About the Author

Novelist Patricia Powell was born in Jamaica and moved with her family to the United States in 1982. Powell has taught creative writing at Harvard University, Wellesley College, MIT, and Standford University, and is currently Professor of English at Mills College in California. She is the author of A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda, and The Fullness of Everything.


"Powell shows us the living within the dying, the foreigner within the native born, the male within the female. Her tales unfold like dreams spread out on a table."
--Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia

"One of the most exciting writers living and writing on the island that is the Caribbean-American hyphen."
--Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

"With her flawless ear for the poetic vernacular of her native Jamaica and her in-depth understanding of the complexity of island society, Powell continues to affirm the Caribbean's rightful place on the literary map of the world."
--Paule Marshall, author of Praisesong for the Widow

"Me Dying Trial pays homage to mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, who are the heart of a Caribbean household. At times I almost forgot that I was reading a novel, for I was finally hearing and looking into the silences I've wanted to ask my mother about her womanhood in Jamaica and her immigration to New York as a single mother of three. Patricia Powell is one of our greatest Caribbean writers. Me Dying Trial is an inspiration."
--Alexia Arthurs, author of How to Love a Jamaican

"Patricia Powell does something golden in her storytelling--she uses our Jamaican dialect to effectively communicate our pains, sorrows, and triumphs. Me Dying Trial is a powerful work of fiction and an absolutely important contribution to Caribbean literature."
--Nicole Dennis-Benn, best-selling author of PATSY and Here Comes the Sun