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The Last Warner Woman by Kei Miller
  

The Last Warner Woman

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

We follow Adamine as she grows up in Jamaica, discovering through her church that she has a gift of ‘warning’. This gift is respected in her homeland but when she moves to England she discovers her prophecies are seen more as a sign of madness and she is institutionalised. Now as an old woman she wants to tell her story. A moving and bittersweet tale.

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The Last Warner Woman by Kei Miller

Once upon a time in Jamaica a young woman went somewhere that no one had visited for years. It may have been nestled in a valley between the Stone Hill mountains of St Catherine, four rocking chairs on a veranda surveying a garden full of bougainvillea and vegetables. Or perhaps it was merely a pastel-coloured house on an ordinary street in Spanish Town.

One thing everyone agrees on: this is the place that Adamine Bustamante was born.

When Adamine grows up she discovers she has the gift of 'warning': the power to both protect and terrify. But no one tells her that in England her prophecies of hurricanes and earthquakes will meet with a different kind of fear. Now Adamine wants to tell her story. But she must wrestle for the truth with 'Mr Writer Man', for he is taking her words and twisting them.

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A warm, wry tale with a metatextual twist. * SUNDAY HERALD * A magical tale of beliefs and superstition... * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER * One woman's tragic tale, beautifully told * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY *


About the Author

Kei Miller

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. He divides his time between Jamaica and the UK and is currently teaching Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. He has published several collections of poetry and a book of short stories published by Macmillan Caribbean, THE FEAR OF STONES, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's prize for Best First Book.

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Publication date

14th April 2011

Author

Kei Miller

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780753828083

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