Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"No Telephone to Heaven" by Michelle Cliff: a review by Melissa McEwan [50BPT]

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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