Kei Miller The Last Warner Woman

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A young Jamaican woman with a gift of prophecy embarks on a journey that will take her from a leper colony, to revivalist meetings, then to England.

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Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1978, Kei Miller is the author of "The Same Earth," winner of the Una Marson Prize for Literature, and "Fear of Stones," which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. His most recent poetry collection has been shortlisted for the Jonathan Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and the Scottish Book of the Year Award. In 2008, Miller was an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa. Miller currently divides his time between Jamaica and Scotland.

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"Miller's well-crafted prose and the originality of his subject make this an entirely gratifying novel. I didn't want to stop reading: from the very first sentence I was fascinated and knew that I was in the hands of a gifted writer. In the finely portrayed characters of Pearline and Adamine and the vivid details of the rural setting Kei Miller illuminates and gives voice to a neglected piece of Jamaican and, indeed, human history. In addition, the skillfully handled shift in voices, the presence of " Mr. Writer Man," the poignant displacement of Adamine and the narrative's resonant movement between the Caribbean and England combine to make this a notable addition to the postcolonial literary tradition, a work reminiscent of Jean Rhys and George Lamming. This novel is a rare pearl, one that I will cherish and delight in for a long time." --Margaret Cezair-Thompson
"A novel for those who are prepared to be teased, willing to roll their tongues around the colorful
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"This is a deceptive spellbinder, a metafiction so disguised as old-time storytelling that you can almost hear the crackle of home fire as it starts. But then it gets you with twists and turns, seduces and shocks you even as it wrestles with the very nature of storytelling itself. Like the best Jean Rhys novel it's the story of women haunted by women, and of the dangers of both keeping secrets and saying too much."--Marlon James
"Beautifully imaginative and structurally inventive. . . . Miller's narrative alternates between Adamine's first-person account, told in a colorful and soul-baring patois, and sections recounted, mostly in the third person, by Mr. Writer Man. The two viewpoints at times conflict in illuminating ways, but Mr. Writer Man's reflections on truth, history and literature pale next to the plot's more immediate concerns: spirituality, violence against women, and migration, to name a few." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Wonderfully weaving together realism and fantasy . . . [Miller] shows us that magic is inherent in humanity. . . . Perhaps Miller's greatest feat is the incorporation of the decorous yet often unused second person; sparingly used, it draws in the audience and demonstrates the special relationship between Adamine and Mr. Writer Man as well as the relationship between Miller and his readers. This poetic and enchanting work will appeal to readers of Caribbean literature and literary fiction."--"Library Journal"
"Miller's well-crafted prose and the originality of his subject make this an entirely gratifying novel. I didn't want to stop reading: from the very first sentence I was fascinated and knew that I was in the hands of a gifted writer. In the finely portrayed characters of Pearline and Adamine and the vivid details of the rural setting Kei Miller illuminates and gives voice to a neglected piece of Jamaican and, indeed, human history. In addition, the skillfully handled shift in voices, the presence of " Mr. Writer M

" . . . emotionally absorbing . . ."--"O, The Oprah Magazine," Top Ten Titles To Pick Up Now
"Mysticism, magic, tragedy and second changes figure largely in Kei Miller's " The Last Warner Woman"; heroine Adamine Bustamante is born with a magical skill in a Jamaican leper colony and moves to London, where her gift is not always welcomed."--"EBONY," Quick and Good Books Section
"This is a deceptive spellbinder, a metafiction so disguised as old-time storytelling that you can almost hear the crackle of home fire as it starts. But then it gets you with twists and turns, seduces and shocks you even as it wrestles with the very nature of storytelling itself. Like the best Jean Rhys novel it's the story of women haunted by women, and of the dangers of both keeping secrets and saying too much."--Marlon James
"Beautifully imaginative and structurally inventive. . . . Miller's narrative alternates between Adamine's first-person account, told in a colorful and soul-baring patois, and sections recounted, mostly in the third person, by Mr. Writer Man. The two viewpoints at times conflict in illuminating ways, but Mr. Writer Man's reflections on truth, history and literature pale next to the plot's more immediate concerns: spirituality, violence against women, and migration, to name a few." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Wonderfully weaving together realism and fantasy . . . [Miller] shows us that magic is inherent in humanity. . . . Perhaps Miller's greatest feat is the incorporation of the decorous yet often unused second person; sparingly used, it draws in the audience and demonstrates the special relationship between Adamine and Mr. Writer Man as well as the relationship between Miller and his readers. This poetic and enchanting work will appeal to readers of Caribbean literature and literary fiction."--"Library Journal"
"["The Last Warner Woman"] is about the inconsistencies between what we say, what we hear, and what we do with what we say and hea

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