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Set in 1942 on the imagined island of San Carlos, a cultural cocktail of Trinidad, Cuba, and Jamaica, this is the story of Estrella Thompson, a headstrong fourteen-year-old girl who’s forced to fend for herself when she’s banished from the isolated fishing village where she’s lived all her life.

Colin Channer’s major works of fiction include the novel Waiting in Vain and the story collection Passing Through, which Junot Díaz described as “a splendid collection by one of the Caribbean Diaspora’s finest writers.” He also edited Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica’s Calabash Writer’s Workshop (Akashic Books, 2006). Channer is an assistant professor of English and the coordinator of the BA creative writing program at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.

Review:

"A picaresque set on the fictional Caribbean island of San Carlos in 1942, Channer's rewarding and tense novella follows the journey of fishing village outcast Estrella Thompson, a precocious 14-year-old with a woman's body who seeks shoes, employment and acceptance in the capital city of Seville after being excommunicated from her village. Along the way, she meets sundry men, some of whom offer to help her and almost none of whom ought to be trusted. Estrella comes of age practically by the hour, learning what to expect of others, what to value in herself and how to make her own demands. Channer writes with an intriguing, lyrical blend of English and Caribbean patois and uses simple language and crisp imagery (a woman's face is 'as plain and inexpressive as an egg'; beach sand is 'so white that on the coolest days you had to squint to see it'). While Channer's earlier work engaged the psyche of Caribbean diaspora in less subtle narratives (Waiting in Vain; Satisfy My Soul), this novella — a moral fable, Russell Banks notes in his afterword — signals the arrival of a talent matured." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Estrella Roselyn Maria Eugenia Thompson, the heroine of the short, beautiful novella 'The Girl with the Golden Shoes,' is one of those characters who steal your heart. It seems not exactly correct to call her a character, however. She feels too real, too genuine. She is more like home folks, those friends and relatives you know from the inside out.

In fact, much of Colin Channer's... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

A dazzling coming-of-age novella by Jamaica's best-selling writer.

Synopsis:

Fiction. African-American Studies. Set in 1942 on the imagined island of San Carlos, a cultural cocktail of Trinidad, Cuba, and Jamaica, this is the story of Estrella Thompson, a headstrong fourteen year-old girl who's forced to fend for herself when she's banished from the isolated fishing village where she's lived all her life.

About the Author

COLIN CHANNER's major works of fiction include the novel Waiting in Vain and the story collection Passing Through, which Junot Diaz described as "a splendid collection by one of the Caribbean Diaspora's finest writers." He is an assistant professor of English and the coordinator of the B.A. creative writing program at Medgar Evers College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933354262
Author:
Channer, Colin
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Afterword by:
Banks, Russell
Afterword:
Banks, Russell
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 BandW illustrations
Pages:
170
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 in 7 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A picaresque set on the fictional Caribbean island of San Carlos in 1942, Channer's rewarding and tense novella follows the journey of fishing village outcast Estrella Thompson, a precocious 14-year-old with a woman's body who seeks shoes, employment and acceptance in the capital city of Seville after being excommunicated from her village. Along the way, she meets sundry men, some of whom offer to help her and almost none of whom ought to be trusted. Estrella comes of age practically by the hour, learning what to expect of others, what to value in herself and how to make her own demands. Channer writes with an intriguing, lyrical blend of English and Caribbean patois and uses simple language and crisp imagery (a woman's face is 'as plain and inexpressive as an egg'; beach sand is 'so white that on the coolest days you had to squint to see it'). While Channer's earlier work engaged the psyche of Caribbean diaspora in less subtle narratives (Waiting in Vain; Satisfy My Soul), this novella — a moral fable, Russell Banks notes in his afterword — signals the arrival of a talent matured." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A dazzling coming-of-age novella by Jamaica's best-selling writer.
"Synopsis" by , Fiction. African-American Studies. Set in 1942 on the imagined island of San Carlos, a cultural cocktail of Trinidad, Cuba, and Jamaica, this is the story of Estrella Thompson, a headstrong fourteen year-old girl who's forced to fend for herself when she's banished from the isolated fishing village where she's lived all her life.
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