Lives: Whole and Otherwise
H Nigel Thomas
Fellows, a sex-worker organizing a demonstration on St
Catherine Street; how can she make the Anglican dean support
it? . . . Disappointment follows disappointment as Margaret
tries to find a suitable man; her latest folly is the suave
younger man she brought over from Jamaica; . . . Greta, a
domestic help, proudly holds up her son’s high school
diploma; but can he read it? . . .
These stories from Montreal present a gallery of characters, Caribbean immigrants desperate and triumphant, always struggling against the odds, as they make their way through the maze of urban life.
Lives breaks the stereotypes to give us a side of Canada rarely acknowledged.
"In Thomas’ hands the interior monologue becomes a powerful tool for voicing character and experience. Time and again he demonstrates his skill at reproducing the speech patterns of characters with Caribbean origins to mesmerizing effect. . . . the stories contained in Lives Whole and Otherwise are all about shaking one frame or another. H. Nigel Thomas gives voice to a hard social reality that refuses the glib formulas of traditional narrative form."
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-61-3
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Publication Date: October 15 2010
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