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The Heart Does Not Bend Hardcover – Feb. 26 2002

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  • Publisher : Random House Canada; 1st Edition (Feb. 26 2002)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0679311343
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0679311348
  • Item weight : 499 g
  • Dimensions : 22.66 x 16.61 x 2.49 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

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In her first novel, The Heart Does Not Bend, Makeda Silvera--cofounder of Sister Vision Press and noted for her short fiction--points her outsider scopes straight at the drama within the dysfunctional Galloway clan of Kingston, Jamaica. Spunky youngster Molly, daughter of the elusive Glory, is the narrative pacemaker of The Heart, but the acerbic tongue lashings dealt by her grandmother Maria--Mama to most--are its tainted lifeblood. Mama's a God-fearing, hard-living hellion convinced that "dere is no such thing as a honest relationship." She raises Molly, who even from an early age copes by waltzing on eggshells and escaping to a secret life. Molly endures Mama's incessant sniping about her own offspring--"Peppie had no guts, Glory didn't love her enough, Freddie had abandoned her, and Mikey was on the road to destruction." Only the Good Lord and the little lord Vittorio--Mama's despicable rogue grandson from her freeloading son Freddie--are spared her verbal wrath.

As adults, the Galloways--except "battyman" Mikey--all flee the Kingston crucible seeking better lives abroad, including, finally, Mama and 14-year-old Molly, who follow Glory to Toronto. Once there, proximity breeds contempt, leaving a wised-up Molly resigned to Glory's vacuousness yet haunted by Mama's guilt-trippy clutches. The Heart Does Not Bend and neither does Mama, sitting in vengeful judgement of those who happen to love her. --Sigcino Moyo


"The Heart Does Not Bend is guided by an emotional and intellectual honesty, making it both a highly engaging and a thoroughly rewarding novel." — Quill and Quire

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