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  • THE POLISHED HOE. by Clarke, Austin.
    Clarke, Austin.
    THE POLISHED HOE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Amistad / Harper Collins, (2003). Hardcover first edition - Powerful novel by this Afro-Canadian writer, set in his native Barbados, and winner of the Giller Prize and The Commonwealth Writers Prize. "When Mary-Mathilda . . calls the police to confess to a crime, the result is a shattering all-night vigil. She claims the crime is against Mr. Belfeels, the powerful manager of the sugar plantation and for whom she has worked for more than thirty years as a field laborer, kitchen help, and maid. She was also Mr. Belfeels's mistress, and the mother of his only son, Wilberforce, a successful doctor, who after living abroad returns to the island. Set in the period following World War II,…

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    New York: Amistad / Harper Collins, (2003). Hardcover first edition - Powerful novel by this Afro-Canadian writer, set in his native Barbados, and winner of the Giller Prize and The Commonwealth Writers Prize. "When Mary-Mathilda . . calls the police to confess to a crime, the result is a shattering all-night vigil. She claims the crime is against Mr. Belfeels, the powerful manager of the sugar plantation and for whom she has worked for more than thirty years as a field laborer, kitchen help, and maid. She was also Mr. Belfeels's mistress, and the mother of his only son, Wilberforce, a successful doctor, who after living abroad returns to the island. Set in the period following World War II, [this] unravels over the course of twenty-four hours but spans the lifetime of one woman and the collective experience of a society characterized by slavery." 462 pp. ISBN: 0-060555653.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 79913
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  • THE MEETING POINT. by Clarke, Austin.
    Clarke, Austin.
    THE MEETING POINT.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Macmillan, (1967). Hardcover first edition - The third novel by this highly acclaimed Barbadian-Canadian author, set among West Indian immigrants in Toronto. Clarke was the winner (among many other awards) of the 1999 W. O. Mitchell literary prize. 250 pp.

    Condition: Good in black cloth with gold lettering on the spine (slight spine slant, no dj)

    Book ID: 68910
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  • Cliff, Michelle
    BODIES OF WATER

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1990. dj. Hardcover first edition - Collection of short stories, of which one is set in the author's homeland of Jamaica, the rest in the US. 155 pp. ISBN: 0-525-248641.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dust jacket (tight, clean copy, but with remainder line.)

    Book ID: 36777
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  • Cliff, Michelle
    BODIES OF WATER

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1990. dj. Hardcover first edition - Collection of short stories, of which one is set in the author's homeland of Jamaica, the rest in the US. 155 pp. ISBN: 0-525-248641.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 6864
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  • BODIES OF WATER by Cliff, Michelle
    Cliff, Michelle
    BODIES OF WATER

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1990. dj. Hardcover first edition - Collection of short stories, of which one is set in the author's homeland of Jamaica, the rest in the US. 155 pp. ISBN: 0-525-248641.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (unread, but with remainder line.)

    Book ID: 20530
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  • Clitandre, Pierre.
    CATHEDRAL OF THE AUGUST HEAT.

    Edition: First English language printing.

    New York & London: Reader's International, 1982. dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel of modern Haiti by this exiled writer, painter and anti-Duvalier journalist. Translated by Bridget Jones. ISBN: 0-930523-36x.

    Condition: Usual browning to the pages as is common with publisher's books, otherwise very near fine in a fine dj.

    Book ID: 18352
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  • NOTES FOR A GLOSSARY OF WORDS AND PHRASES OF BARBADIAN DIALECT. by Collymore, Frank A.
    Collymore, Frank A.
    NOTES FOR A GLOSSARY OF WORDS AND PHRASES OF BARBADIAN DIALECT.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Bridgetown: Barbados National Trust n.d. (ca 1975). Fifth edition of a work originally published in 1955 - each edition adds more words to the list. [6] 120 pp. Wraparound cover art by Jill Walker.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (light vertical crease on back cover).

    Book ID: 77580
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  • Conde, Maryse
    HEREMAKHONON.

    Edition: First printing.

    Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, (1982.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The uncommon hardcover edition of the controversial first novel by this award winning writer, who was born in Guadeloupe in 1937. Originally published in French in 1976, this was the first of her works to be translated into English - translated by Richard Philcox. The title comes from the Mande (Mandingo) for "welcome house." Although it parallels her first visit to Guinea in Africa, she has stated that this is not autobiographical - the narrator is "self-denigrating, never pitying" and the book itself is an unflinching look at the "acrid world of modern Africa." In 2018, when there was no Nobel prize for literature, Conde was awarded…

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    Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, (1982.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The uncommon hardcover edition of the controversial first novel by this award winning writer, who was born in Guadeloupe in 1937. Originally published in French in 1976, this was the first of her works to be translated into English - translated by Richard Philcox. The title comes from the Mande (Mandingo) for "welcome house." Although it parallels her first visit to Guinea in Africa, she has stated that this is not autobiographical - the narrator is "self-denigrating, never pitying" and the book itself is an unflinching look at the "acrid world of modern Africa." In 2018, when there was no Nobel prize for literature, Conde was awarded The New Academy Prize in Literature, the "alternative Nobel." Warmly INSCRIBED on the half title page and SIGNED "love Maryse" and scarce thus. 176 pp. ISBN: 0-89410-2338.

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    Condition: Fine in red cloth in a very near fine dust jacket (light toning to spine of dj, inconspicuous short closed tear to front cover)

    Book ID: 86596
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  • Conde, Maryse
    TREE OF LIFE, a Novel of the Caribbean

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (1993.). Novel of several generations of a family from Guadeloupe - ranging from Panama to Harlem, from upper class Paris to the slums of Haiti. Translated by Victoria Reiter. Glossary. 371 pp. ISBN: 0-345-384695.

    Condition: Good overall (some wear to the covers).

    Book ID: 41083
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  • Conde, Maryse (Richard Philcox, translator.)
    WINDWARD HEIGHTS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: SOHO Press, (1999.). SIGNED first edition - A retelling of 'Wuthering Heights' set in nineteenth century Cuba and Conde's native island of Guadalupe, in the years after emancipation. In commenting about this book, she stated she had long wanted to write it as a homage to the Bronte novel: "To be part of so many worlds - part of the African world because of the African slaves, part of the European world because of the European education - is a kind of double entendre. You can use that in your own way and give sentences another meaning. I was so pleased when I was doing that work, because it was a game, a kind of perverse but…

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    New York: SOHO Press, (1999.). SIGNED first edition - A retelling of 'Wuthering Heights' set in nineteenth century Cuba and Conde's native island of Guadalupe, in the years after emancipation. In commenting about this book, she stated she had long wanted to write it as a homage to the Bronte novel: "To be part of so many worlds - part of the African world because of the African slaves, part of the European world because of the European education - is a kind of double entendre. You can use that in your own way and give sentences another meaning. I was so pleased when I was doing that work, because it was a game, a kind of perverse but joyful game." Translated from the French by Richard Philcox. SIGNED on the title page by both Conde and Richard Philcox, her husband and translator. Philcox has translated most of Conde's books and Conde has both expressed her confidence in him and said that she considers him "responsible" for the book in English - that is, for the flow and rhythm and music of the language. In 2018, she was the winner of the New Academy prize in literature, a one-off award intended to fill the void left by the cancellation of that year's scandal-dogged Nobel prize for literature. In making this award, Ann Palsson, the chair of the judges, commented "She describes the ravages of colonialism and the post-colonial chaos in a language which is both precise and overwhelming. . . The dead live in her stories closely to the living in a world where gender, race and class are constantly turned over in new constellations. 348 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 38002
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  • CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT. by Danticat, Edwidge.
    Danticat, Edwidge.
    CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. dj. Hardcover first edition - In a small seaside town in Haiti a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. 238 pp. ISBN: 978-0307271792.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64126
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  • KRIK, KRAK. by Danticat, Edwidge.
    Danticat, Edwidge.
    KRIK, KRAK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: SOHO Press, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Haitian-born author's second book and first collection of short stories - a National Book Award finalist, by one of the Granta 20 authors. A powerful collection of 9 stories about life under Haiti's dictatorships, and about those who fled from Haiti. SIGNED on the title page. 224 pp. ISBN: 1569470251.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 47704
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  • THE FARMING OF BONES. by Danticat, Edwidge.
    Danticat, Edwidge.
    THE FARMING OF BONES.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: SOHO Press, (1998.). SIGNED first edition - INSCRIBED on the half title page "To -- in Sisterhood!" and dated in the year of publication. Second novel by this Haitian born writer, who was named by Granta Magazine as one of the 20 best young writers in the US. A powerful story of love and terror and dignity set in the late 1930's on the Dominican side of the river that forms the boundary between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Based on an actual historical incident. 312 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59124
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  • Danticat, Edwidge.
    BREATH, EYES, MEMORY.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1998). SIGNED - Young Haitian's first book - in 1996, Danticat was one of 2 African American writers who were included in the Granta magazine's list of the 20 most promising young writers in the United States. This title was also an Oprah selection. SIGNED by the author, 234 pp. ISBN: 0-375-70504x.

    Condition: Near fine (usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 63632
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  • BREATH, EYES, MEMORY. by Danticat, Edwidge.
    Danticat, Edwidge.
    BREATH, EYES, MEMORY.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1998). SIGNED - Young Haitian's first book - in 1996, Danticat was one of 2 African American writers who were included in the Granta magazine's list of the 20 most promising young writers in the United States. This title was also an Oprah selection. SIGNED by the author, 234 pp. ISBN: 0-375-70504x.

    Condition: Very good (usual toning to the pages, crease to corner of front cover)

    Book ID: 63633
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  • THE FARMING OF BONES. by Danticat, Edwidge.
    Danticat, Edwidge.
    THE FARMING OF BONES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: SOHO Press, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Second novel by this Haitian born writer, who was named by Granta Magazine as one of the 20 best young writers in the US. A powerful story of love and terror and dignity set in the late 1930s on the Dominican side of the river that forms the boundary between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Based on an actual historical incident. 312 pp. ISBN: 1-56947-1266.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 80030
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  • THE FARMING OF BONES. by Danticat, Edwidge.
    Danticat, Edwidge.
    THE FARMING OF BONES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: SOHO Press, (1998.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second novel by this Haitian born writer, who was named by Granta Magazine as one of the 20 best young writers in the US. A powerful story of love and terror and dignity set in the late 1930s on the Dominican side of the river that forms the boundary between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Based on an actual historical incident. SIGNED on the title page. 312 pp. ISBN: 1-56947-1266.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 21369
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  • THE FARMING OF BONES. by Danticat, Edwidge.
    Danticat, Edwidge.
    THE FARMING OF BONES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: SOHO Press, (1998.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second novel by this Haitian born writer, who was named by Granta Magazine as one of the 20 best young writers in the US. A powerful story of love and terror and dignity set in the late 1930s on the Dominican side of the river that forms the boundary between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Based on an actual historical incident. SIGNED on the title page. 312 pp. ISBN: 1-56947-1266.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (appears unread but with some signs of handling or shelfwear.)

    Book ID: 42414
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  • THE DEW BREAKER. by Danticat, Edwidge.
    Danticat, Edwidge.
    THE DEW BREAKER.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, (2005) dj. A novel which explores the life of a man who buried his past - as a torturer (a dew breaker) for the repressive regime in Haiti -beneath his new life in Brooklyn, NY. 242 pp.

    Condition: Very good.

    Book ID: 75967
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  • ANTIGUA BLACK: Portrait of an Island People. by Davis, Gregson; photographs by Margo Davis,
    Davis, Gregson; photographs by Margo Davis,
    ANTIGUA BLACK: Portrait of an Island People.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Scrimshaw Press,
    1973. dj
    . SIGNED hardcover first edition - A gorgeous portrait of the island and peoples of Antigua, with text by Gregson Davis and illustrated with photographs by Margo Davis, maps and reproductions in color of historic paintings and vintage drawings. As the authors comment, this is a "straightforward view of rural Antigua, of village yards and tilled plots where the descendants of slaves labor with strength and ingenuity to extract a life of dignity and meaning from an eroded landscape of unfullfilled promises and fragmented hopes." While this is centered around the photographs, it also contains much on the history of the island - the sugar plantations, slave uprisings, emancipation and more. Warmly INSCRIBED…

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    San Francisco: Scrimshaw Press,
    1973. dj
    . SIGNED hardcover first edition - A gorgeous portrait of the island and peoples of Antigua, with text by Gregson Davis and illustrated with photographs by Margo Davis, maps and reproductions in color of historic paintings and vintage drawings. As the authors comment, this is a "straightforward view of rural Antigua, of village yards and tilled plots where the descendants of slaves labor with strength and ingenuity to extract a life of dignity and meaning from an eroded landscape of unfullfilled promises and fragmented hopes." While this is centered around the photographs, it also contains much on the history of the island - the sugar plantations, slave uprisings, emancipation and more. Warmly INSCRIBED on the half title page by both the author and photographer, and dated in the year of publication. A beautifully produced large folio, one of an edition of only 5000 copies - 141 pp plus colophon and final photograph. ISBN: 0-91202030X.

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    Condition: Very near fine in brown cloth with a photographic inset on the front cover, in a good dust jacket (rubbing, small chip at top of dj spine).

    Book ID: 86096
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  • THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSEHALL. by De Lisser, Herbert G
    De Lisser, Herbert G
    THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSEHALL.

    Edition: Later printing.

    London: Ernest Benn Limited , (1978) dj. Hardcover - Reprinted many times, this is the author's best known novel, "founded on fact, of the West Indies of the early nineteenth century. . . Robert Rutherford is sent to the Islands to learn the planter's business from the bottom. He becomes an overseer at Rosehall, the property of a young widow, Mrs Palmer, whose three husbands have all died in curious circumstances." 255 pp. Photo on back of dust jacket is of Rosehall, now in ruins. ISBN: 0-510-199046.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 63524
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  • THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER. by Diaz, Junot.
    Diaz, Junot.
    THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Riverhead Books, (2012). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Award-winning author's second collection of short stories (third book) - nine interconnected stories featuring Yunior and the women he loves. Finalist for the National Book Award. SIGNED on the title page. 213 pp. ISBN: 978-1594487361.

    Condition: Very near fine in light blue boards with red lettering in a like dustjacket (stamp on front endpaper)

    Book ID: 70408
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  • ISLANDBORN. by Diaz, Junot.
    Diaz, Junot.
    ISLANDBORN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - First book for children by this Pulitzer prize winning author, who was 'islandborn' himself - in the Dominican Republic. SIGNED on the title page and dated in April 2018. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 978-0735229860.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 72535
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  • THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER. by Diaz, Junot.
    Diaz, Junot.
    THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Riverhead Books, (2012) dj. Hardcover first edition - Award-winning author's second collection of short stories (third book) - nine interconnected stories featuring Yunior and the women he loves. Finalist for the National Book Award. 213 pp. ISBN: 978-1594487361.

    Condition: Very near fine in light blue boards with red lettering in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 72847
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  • BABOUK. by Endore, Guy (Foreword by Jamaica Kincaid.)
    Endore, Guy (Foreword by Jamaica Kincaid.)
    BABOUK.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    New York: Monthly Review Press, (1991.). A title in the Voices of Resistance Series. Historical novel originally published in 1934, the story of a slave and the Haitian Revolution of 1791. Foreword by Jamaica Kincaid. Afterword by David Barry Gaspar and Michel-Rolph Trouillot. Notes 199 pp. ISBN: 0-85345-745X.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 68409
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  • THE GARIFUNA: Cultures of the Caribbean and Central America. by Fitzgerald, Cid; illustrated by Debbie Cooper.
    Fitzgerald, Cid; illustrated by Debbie Cooper.
    THE GARIFUNA: Cultures of the Caribbean and Central America.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Whitefish, MT: A Kidz World, (2005). SIGNED first edition - An introduction to the history and culture of the Garifuna people (who came to Belize from the Honduras in 1858) and also of the influence that their culture has had on the modern world - from the name for barbecue to the punta rock. Each page is colorfully illustrated, with a decorative border. SIGNED on the half title page by the artist/illustrator Debbie Cooper. Large format. Unpaginated. ISBN: 0-976040603.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 84723
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  • IAN FLEMING INTRODUCES JAMAICA. by Fleming, Ian; Cargill, Morris, editor.
    Fleming, Ian; Cargill, Morris, editor.
    IAN FLEMING INTRODUCES JAMAICA.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Hawthorn Books, (1965.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Anthology of articles about Jamaica - 'history, its people, its politics, its religions and dialects, its natural history, its brids, its painters and writers, its archives, its stamps, and the delights of skin-diving it its waters and eating its food (including some recipes) - told from the Jamaican point of view, with preface & introduction by Ian Fleming, who spent part of every year at Goldeneye, his Jamaican house in which he wrote all the James Bond books. Illustrated with color photographs. appendices, bibliography. 240 pp. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (light toning to the pages,several small chips to upper edge of dj, closed tear with associated creasing to bottom edge.)

    Book ID: 54477
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  • ISLANDS ON GUARD. by Follett, Helen.
    Follett, Helen.
    ISLANDS ON GUARD.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1943) dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the history and the people of the Caribbean islands, but one which focuses on how these islands guard the entrance to the Panama Canal during World War II - including US naval bases in the Virgin Islands and on Antigua. Illustrated with photogravures and maps by F.A. Fanale. Index. 170 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated boards, with a matching wrap around dust jacket designed by Raymond Lufkin (previous owner's name dated 1943, some toning, price clipped and short closed tears to the good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76698
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  • Foster, Cecil.
    SLEEP ON, BELOVED.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Random House of Canada, (1995.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The rather uncommon true first edition of the second novel by this Barbados born author. This is the moving story of a Caribbean immigrant woman who leaves behind everything - including, for too many years, her daughter - in order to build a better life for her family in Canada, only to find herself plunged into an alien culture and a painful struggle against racism and alienated from her beloved daughter.Dustjacket praise from E. Annie Proulx and Caryl Phillips, among others. 325 pp. ISBN: 0-39422387X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 33339
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  • FROM HARVEY RIVER: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island. by Goodison, Lorna.
    Goodison, Lorna.
    FROM HARVEY RIVER: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Amistad / Harper Collins, (2008). First edition - A memoir by this Jamaican born-poet - an account of her mother's two lives - in the country at Harvey River where she was the privileged daughter of a large family, and in Kingston after her marriage where she raised nine children in "hard times." 285 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 58792
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