February 20, 2007

New Book by Opal Palmer Adisa

The stories in this collection move the heart and the head. They concern the mystery that is men: men of beauty who are as cane stalks swaying in the breeze, men who are afraid of and despise women, men who prey on women, men who have lost themselves, men trapped in sexual and religious guilt, men who love women and men who are searching for their humanity...

The stories are framed by the memories of an old Jamaican woman about the community that has grown up around her. The seven stories are structured around wise sayings that the community elder remembers as her grandfather’s principle legacy, concerning the nature of judgement, both divine and human. Each story uses a saying as the starting point but the stories are far from illustrative tracts. From Devon aka Bad-Boy growing up with an abusive mother, to Ebenezer, a single man mysteriously giving birth to a child, to the womanizer Padee whose many women and children struggle to resolve issues with their father, each story reveals the complex, and often painful, introspective search of these men.

Until Judgement Comes: Stories About Jamaican Men

ISBN: 1-84523-042-6
Pages: 240
Published: 05 February 2007
Price: £8.99

Opal Palmer Adisa is a Jamaica-born, award-winning poet, educator and storyteller. Anthologised in over 100 publications, she is a regular performer of her work throughout the USA and presently lives in Oakland, California, when she is not traveling.




Stephen A. Bess said...

The often complex relationships between black men and women. *shaking my head* This sounds like an interesting read and a candid look at men in Jamaican culture.

Geoffrey Philp said...

And if you ver get a chance to hear Opal read....wow!