Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Today's entry comes from one of my very favorite bloggers, Melissa McEwan of Shakesville. Thank you Liss!
No Telephone to Heaven by Michelle Cliff
Michelle Cliff's "No Telephone to Heaven" is a book I first read almost two decades ago now, and it's hung with me like few other books have. It's about a Jamaican-American woman called Clare Savage, whose father encourages her to try to pass as white, causing her a lot of problems, as she finds she fits into neither the black nor white communities wholly; she later returns to Jamaica and gets embroiled with radical political activists, and I won't give away any more of the story than that. Cliff is herself Jamaican-American; I believe she identifies as bisexual. She is a brilliant writer, and I adore her work.
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