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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: 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

CWS: Songs of Silence with CSEC Study Notes (Heinemann)

CWS: Songs of Silence with CSEC Study Notes (Heinemann)

Author: Curdella Forbes, Rosemarie Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/2010

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.

Songs of Silence (Caribbean Writers Series)

Songs of Silence (Caribbean Writers Series)

Author: Curdella Forbes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2002

A sequence of beautifully crafted tales, Songs of Silence is a colourful patchwork of observations of life in rural Jamaica, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Held together by the sure and simple voice of a child, this powerful collection is interspersed with the whisper of adult reflection, rendering the accounts at once sensuous and disarmingly honest. Inhabiting an elusive space between what is said and what is felt, what is conveyed and what is perceived, silence becomes a metaphor of rage and fear, of loneliness and contentment, confusion and clarification in these songs that explore social change and individual growth. Oscillating between Creole and Standard English, Songs of Silence is an accomplished piece of writing distinguished by an extraordinary sophistication of language and stylistic confidence. Relayed with a rare intimacy and detail, recollections are translated into a series of tales in which the narrator becomes a mouthpiece for a multiplicity of voices, each with their own story to tell. This novel comprises a series of eight linked episodes, all of which focus on different members of a rural community in Jamaica, seen through the eyes of a young girl growing up and remembered by the adult she became.

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