By Love Possessed: Stories


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Amistad Press
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5.37 X 8.24 X 0.66 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Lorna Goodison is a celebrated Jamaican poet and a major figure in world literature. She is the recipient of the 2019 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and the winner of a 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for poetry. In 2017, she became the first woman to hold the title of Poet Laureate of Jamaica. Her many publications include fourteen poetry collections, three short-story collections, the memoir From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island, and the nonfiction Redemption Ground: Essays and Adventures. Her Collected Poems were published in 2017.


"Every tale . . . introduces characters that will sustain your interest far more than novels with twice the length and none of the panache of Goodison's sparkling prose."--Essence
"A matchless mosaic portrait. . . . A perfect complement to her evocative, widely admired memoir. . . . The voices come vividly off the page. . . . [Goodison] taps deeply into universal experience and offers up these lives with brutal honesty and poignant humanism."--Elle
"Alternating between flat-out humor, aching pain, and the confusion of bridging cultures, [these] stories weave around one another in a rhythmic, engaging palette of language and characters sure to remain with the reader."--Booklist
"[A] captivating and poetic collection."--Library Journal
"Goodison deals with the physical world and the words flung between her powerful characters--she's scoring a dance. . . . It's an addictive game to play, paying attention to the silences in the songs."--Daily Beast
"Few writers are as attuned as Goodison to the heartaches and triumphs of Jamaicans, especially Jamaican women. . . . Fewer writers still tell us so much about what it means to be human."--Elizabeth Nunez, author of Prospero's Daughter and Boundaries
"How Lorna Goodison manages to capture so much about human complexities in these stories is baffling. I just love this book."--Uwem Akpan, author of Say You're One of Them
"A beautifully written and evocative book. . . . Goodison finds a glittering and urgent beauty in the everyday, without shying away from a frank confrontation of those moments when the everyday is shattered by trauma."--Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self