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Curdella Forbes - Author

About the Author

Curdella Forbes is a Jamaican writer. She has published four previous works of fiction: Songs of Silence, A Permanent Freedom, Ghosts, and a children's book, Flying with Icarus and Other Stories. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, and teaches at Howard University where she is a professor of Caribbean literature. She names among her literary influences the oral traditions of rural Jamaica, the fairy tales of her childhood and the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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A Tall History of Sugar

A Tall History of Sugar

Author: Curdella Forbes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

'Brimming with magic, passion and history' New York Times 'Captivating from the very first page' Jennifer Egan Shortlisted for the Fiction category in the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Discovered amidst a tangle of sea grape trees, Moshe Fisher's provenance is a thing of myth and mystery; his unusual appearance, with blueish, translucent skin and duo-toned hair, only serves to compound his mystique. Equally feared and ridiculed by peers as he grows up, he finds a surprising kindred soul in the striking and bold Arrienne Christie, but their complex relationship is fraught with obstacles that tear them apart as powerfully as they are drawn together. Beginning in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica's independence from colonial rule, A Tall History of Sugar's epic love story sweeps between a rural Jamaica, scarred by the legacies of colonialism, and an England increasingly riven by race riots and class division.

A Tall History of Sugar

A Tall History of Sugar

Author: Curdella Forbes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

'Captivating from the very first page' Jennifer Egan Discovered amidst a tangle of sea grape trees by the childless Rachel Fisher, baby Moshe's provenance is a thing of myth and mystery; his unusual appearance, with blueish, translucent skin and duo-toned hair, only serves to compound his mystique. Equally feared and ridiculed by peers as he grows up, he finds a surprising kindred soul in the striking and bold Arrienne Christie, but their complex relationship is fraught with obstacles that tear them apart as powerfully as they are drawn together. Beginning in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica's independence from colonial rule, A Tall History of Sugar's epic love story sweeps between a rural Jamaica, scarred by the legacies of colonialism, and an England increasingly riven by race riots and class division.

Ghosts

Ghosts

Author: Curdella Forbes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

A Permanent Freedom

A Permanent Freedom

Author: Curdella Forbes Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 25/09/2008

Flying With Icarus And Other Stories

Flying With Icarus And Other Stories

Author: Curdella Forbes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2003

A young girl separated from her family takes comfort in her care for an injured seagull; the new boy faces up to the class bully and his gang; a grieving mother takes in a lost girl , mute from a traumatic event in her past; an ordinary boy has a magical meeting in the pages of a book...Full of intriguing encounters, memorable characters and distinctive narrative voices, these stories are as colourful as their Caribbean setting. In language that soars like Icarus in full flight, Curdella Forbes establishes herself as a new children's writer of great poise and insight.

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