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Dancing Lessons Paperback – Sep 7 2011

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cormorant Books (Sept. 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770860479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770860476
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Senior is particularly deft at exploring social class, maternal terrain and distance. The territory she writes about could not interest this reader more … Senior skillfully depicts the space between mother and children… What’s remarkable at times is Senior’s subtle depiction of family tension, the prodding between mother and daughter, the apprehension of what the one does or mainly does not know of the other.” (The Globe and Mail)

“As a result of Senior’s feel for Jamaican social types, [the emotional dynamics that drive the plot of this novel] take on a strong local flavour in Dancing Lessons … Senior knows [the speech of inner Jamaica] inside out.” (National Post)

“Senior employs insight and dry humour throughout.” (Quill and Quire)

“Senior’s insights about gender, race, and class in Jamaica reveal her keen eye for details.” (Canadian Literature)

About the Author

Olive Senior is the prize-winning author of a dozen books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her short story collection Summer Lightning (Longman, 1986) won the inaugural Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and her poetry collection Over the Roofs of the World (Insomniac, 2005) was a finalist for the 2005 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. Born in Jamaica, she has travelled widely and now spends most of her time in Jamaica and Toronto.

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