Jewels and Other Stories

By Dawn Promislow

Jewels and Other Stories
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The landscape of 1970s South Africa lives and breathes in these stories. This debut collection is populated by a wide and surprising range of unforgettable characters: an artist who finds his power in the dusty earth; a mother who waits for a letter; a collector of cacti who ... Read more


Overview

The landscape of 1970s South Africa lives and breathes in these stories. This debut collection is populated by a wide and surprising range of unforgettable characters: an artist who finds his power in the dusty earth; a mother who waits for a letter; a collector of cacti who seeks her own kind of freedom; a shopkeeper in trouble in an outpost country town . . .

Dawn Promislow

Dawn Promislow was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived in Toronto since 1987. Her collection Jewels and Other Stories was published by Mawenzi House in 2010. Wan is her first novel.

Reviews

"[Promislow's] stories weave a delicate thread of observation which reveal the ugly chasm created by apartheid and at the same time offer an unusually penetrating insight into otherwise disregarded lives. " --Mithu Banerji, Wasafiri

"Dawn Promislow has the gift of entering into the consciousness of her characters to reveal extraordinary moments of clarity that illuminate not just themselves but the world in which they are living--that of Apartheid South Africa. These are voices that will continue to haunt us with their beauty of spirit for a long, long time. Wonderful reading from an astonishingly fresh and original writer. " --Olive Senior, author of Arrival of the Snake-Woman

"[M]asterful writing. The austere precision of each hurtful, passionate epiphany will make you think of Ernest Hemingway, as if he had been born South African. But no comparison is necessary. Promislow's talent compels us to welcome an exceptional author, one who writes of Africa and Africans with unflinching, but loving, insight. " --George Elliott Clarke

"At their best, the stories have a compression of description and a simplicity of narrative arc that can indeed be jewel-like in lucidity. ..The deadlocked society of apartheid is strikingly rendered. " --Jim Bartley, The Globe and Mail

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