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Coming Home and Other Stories by June Henfrey

Coming Home and Other Stories by June Henfrey

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In the fields of whispering sugar cane, the rugged Atlantic coast of crashing breakers, and the womb-like gullies of Barbados, the characters in these stories find a landscape that mirrors their inner lives. Set at crucial points in Caribbean history, from slavery to the present; from Nanny, who cannot bear another day's captivity when rumors of slavery's abolition reach the island, to Hilda, returning home after many years in Britain, these are strong and moving portrayals of women attempting to define themselves in situations where power is determined by race and gender. Nanny knows that 'neither she nor others could really call their lives their own, but it is not only under slavery that June Henfrey's women confront this fact. In doing so, their lives enlarge our sense of history.

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