The Last Warner Woman
By Kei Miller
From the WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION 2014, a novel about a young Jamaican woman with a gift of prophecy embarks on a journey that will take her from a leper colony, to revivalist meetings, then to England.
'One woman's tragic tale, beautifully told' Independent on Sunday
FROM KEI MILLER, WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION
Once upon a time in Jamaica a young woman went somewhere that no one had visited for years.
It may have been nestled in a valley between the Stone Hill mountains of St Catherine, four rocking chairs on a veranda surveying a garden full of bougainvillea and vegetables.
Or perhaps it was merely a pastel-coloured house on an ordinary street in Spanish Town.
One thing everyone agrees on: this is the place that Adamine Bustamante was born.
When Adamine grows up she discovers she has the gift of 'warning': the power to both protect and terrify. But no one tells her that in England her prophecies of hurricanes and earthquakes will meet with a different kind of fear.
Now Adamine wants to tell her story.
But she must wrestle for the truth with 'Mr Writer Man', for he is taking her words and twisting them...
A ROLLERCOASTER OF A NOVEL ABOUT A YOUNG JAMAICAN WOMAN WITH A GIFT OF PROPHECY EMBARKING ON AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY
Praise for Kei Miller, winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature,
shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize, the Green Carnation Prize and the Historical Writers Award:
'Miller's storytelling is superb' Sunday Times
'Language as clear as spring water' Observer
'Richly nuanced and empathetic' Guardian
'Truly panoramic' Sunday Telegraph
Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. He has published two novels, several collections of poetry and a book of short stories published by Macmillan Caribbean, THE FEAR OF STONES, which was shortlisted for the COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK. In 2014, he won the prestigious FORWARD PRIZE FOR POETRY for his collection, THE CARTOGRAPHER TRIES TO MAP A WAY TO ZION. He teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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14 Apr 2011
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One woman's tragic tale, beautifully told — INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
A magical tale of beliefs and superstition... — HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER
A warm, wry tale with a metatextual twist. — SUNDAY HERALD