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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Emblem Editions (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771035748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771035746
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.2 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,023,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Globe and Mail Best Book

"Goodison is one of the best writers -- Canadian, Jamaican or otherwise -- you've probably never heard of. This should change with the publication of By Love Possessed, a virtuosic collection of short stories that...will likely stand among the best books released in 2011."
— National Post

"Halfway through Goodison's stunning collection, By Love Possessed, I realized I was holding my breath. . . .Goodison's alchemy of standard and Jamaican English locates us deep within the consciousness of her people. "
— Donna Bailey Nurse, Globe and Mail

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With this highly praised collection of short fiction, Lorna Goodison demonstrates why she may be one of literature's best-kept secrets. In the Pushcart Prize-winning title story, humble Dottie thinks her luck has turned when she meets Frenchie, the best-looking, if not most reliable, man in the whole of Jamaica. In "The Helpweight," an accomplished woman must bear the burden of an old flame's renewed affections when he returns from a life abroad with his Irish bride in tow. And in "Henry," a young boy turned out of his house to make way for his mother's lover sells roses on the street to survive. On a whim, he bites off a bloom, which he can feel burning inside his mouth like a red pepper light, hoping it will take root and beautify his own life. Poetically rendered, these and over a dozen other evocative stories create a world in which pride can nourish a soul or be its ruin and where people are in turn uplifted and undone by love.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa5d8d594) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
HASH(0xa5dd0798) out of 5 stars So Many Ways of Sharing Love Jan. 4 2013
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Jamaicans living in Jamaica and in the states while loving and not loving is an idea about what each story is about. Lorna Goodison in By Love Possessed made me feel as if I were in the center of a neighborhood where houses had no walls. This feeling gave me the ability hear and see exactly what was going on with each person in a story. I have never liked all the stories in a collection. In this anthology I only disliked one. However I did have trouble reading the Jamaican dialect. It slowed down my usual reading pace. I don't know the answer to whether the short stories feel more real because of the Jamaican speech patterns. The author does so well describing foods and places I feel the intensity of each story would remain just as strong if written totally in American. I am looking forward to reading Lorna Goodison's poetry and a book titled From Harvey River.
HASH(0xa5dd0858) out of 5 stars Lorna Goodison's By Love Possessed Jan. 22 2013
By Troy of AALBC . com - Published on
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Lorna Goodison's latest book, "By Love Possessed," is a Jamaican-themed, short-story collection with an emphasis on love in its various stages. There's new love, unrequited love, old love, and then some.

By Love Possessed is filled with tales of strong Jamaican women (sometimes at the expense of weaker men). The dialogue is authentic; the stories unique. And the characters are simply unforgettable. In other words, "Mi tink" readers, especially women, will enjoy this short story collection.Read the full review and more book reviews from on your Kindle Edition
HASH(0xa5dd0c90) out of 5 stars Lovely insight into experiences of Jamaican women with relevance for all women June 9 2013
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I enjoyed this compendium of short stories by Lorna Goodison. I could so easily relate to her stories from a Caribbean and Jamaican perspective..but women all over will relate to the universality of the themes of love and joy, hate, rejection, endurance and above all redemption. Some stories end abruptly and you are left wanting more but overall beautifully and simply written with an emotional appeal that is slowly but intensely stirred.
HASH(0xa5dd0c78) out of 5 stars I am not a big fan of short stories but.... March 6 2013
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I was pleasantly this book. I believe this is really strong in the Jamaican context and would be appreciated by the Diaspora a great deal. It was a refreshing read with intense moments..I look forward to more works by this talented author...
HASH(0xa5dd6048) out of 5 stars Beautiful. Dec 31 2014
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Loved it, very beautiful and moving. Made me want to visit the Caribbean!

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