Fire in the Canes

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Soho Press, 1995 - Fiction - 262 pages
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In this enchanting novel, ancestral spirits lead Caribbean villagers out of the lingering shadow of slavery. In the little village of Monkey Road, almost everyone works in the cane field; the plantation still owns the land. But when Peata and her beautiful daughter Midra arrive, mysterious and wonderful things begin to happen. . . .

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First novelist Lovell joins the ranks of such writers of magic realism as Alejo Carpentier with this novel, which is set in Barbados. Strange things start happening in the close-knit village of Monkey ... Read full review


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Glenville Lovell has published 4 novels, and a collection of short stories. His short stories can be found in several anthologies, including Queens Noir, and Best African American Fiction 2010. Visit him at: or on Facebook.

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