Black Rock

by Amanda Smyth

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LoveReading Expert Review of Black Rock


March 2010 Debut of the Month.


As colourful as the country of which she writes, Trinidad and Tobago; as lusty as her protagonist, Celia, a girl who cannot see how she attracts men and suffers for the sex appeal she exudes.  There is a lyrical lilt to the prose that sings through as Celia tries to make a life for herself.  A lovely book.

Comparison: James Scudamore (The Amnesia Clinic), Mari Strachan (The Earth Hums in B flat), Gaile Parkin (Baking Cakes in Kigali).

Sarah Broadhurst

Black Rock Synopsis

Celia’s mother died bringing her into the world — when one soul flies in, another flies out, her aunt Tassi says. So she lives in Black Rock, Tobago, with her cousins and Tassi’s second husband Roman, a man so low he could crawl under a snake’s belly on stilts. Celia thinks he’s the devil, and one day he does something to prove her right, so she runs away to Trinidad and a new life in service.

A lyrically beautiful story, Amanda Smyth’s writing matches the lushness of the vivid tropical landscape. Black Rock is tinged with a sense of the supernatural.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781846687020
Publication date: 11th March 2010
Author: Amanda Smyth
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Amanda Smyth Press Reviews

'Amanda Smyth writes like a descendant of Jean Rhys. Black Rock is a powerful cocktail of heat and beautiful coolness, written in a heady, mesmerising yet translucent prose which marks Smyth out as a born novelist’ Ali Smith

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About Amanda Smyth

Amanda Smyth is Irish/Trinidadian. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2000. Her short stories have been published in New Writing, London Magazine, and broadcast on Radio 4 as part of a series called Love and Loss. Amanda was awarded an Arts Council Grant for her first novel, Black Rock.   Author Photo © Lee Thomas

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