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She's Gone by Kwame Dawes
She's Gone
 
by: Kwame Dawes

ISBN: 1933354186
ISBN-13: 9781933354187
Format: Paperback, 350pp
Publisher: Akashic Books

List Price: $15.95

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FROM THE PUBLISHER:
 

A prominent Jamaican reggae singer falls in love with an African American woman while on tour in South Carolina. The two struggle to forge a relationship across a cultural and psychological divide in a story that spans from Jamaica to South Carolina to New York City.
Kwame Dawes is an award-winning Ghanian-born Jamaican author of several books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. He teaches at the University of South Carolina, where he is distinguished poet in residence and director of the USC Arts Institute and the South Carolina Poetry Initiative. Dawes is the programmer for the annual Jamaican Calabash International Literary Festival.

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
Kwame Dawes is an award-winning Ghanian-born Jamaican author of several books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. He teaches at the University of South Carolina, where he is Distinguished Poet in Residence and director of the USC Arts Institute and the SC Poetry Initiative. Dawes is the programmer for the annual Jamaican Calabash International Literary Festival.
 
REVIEWS:
 
"Dawes offers vibrant characters and locales in this diaspora of black culture and strong emotions, bordering the fine line between love and madness between two troubled people."
--Booklist

"A masterly tour de force, the language here is elegant, seductive, and tender, the irony is sharp, the humor subverts, and hope shines through. Kwame Dawes is always reinventing the Caribbean narrative, fusing myth, legend, reggae, and his own sense of style to create a powerful and tremendous art. He never ceases to amaze."
--Chris Abani, author of Becoming Abigail and GraceLand

"This striking debut novel is from the heart and about the heart. The characters are true, the landscapes exquisite, and the relationships dynamic, insightful, and complex. Read it and be transported."
--Bernardine Evaristo, author of The Emperor's Babe

"She's Gone is the kind of debut novel that stuns its readers into silence. Set in the American South, New York City, and the Caribbean, this probing novel takes us on a risky expedition to the swampy bottom of the human psyche, a murky world where dreams of love, escape, and artistic freedom swim dangerously close to heartbreak, alienation, and madness . . . She's Gone is a work of incandescent genius."
--Colin Channer, best-selling author of Waiting in Vain and Passing Through

"She's Gone explores the complex dynamics of cross-cultural relationships with deep insight and compassion. The two protagonists--Kofi, a Jamaican musician, and Keisha, an African-American social researcher--are gorgeously imagined. In their commitment to searching out the truth, both within themselves and in the world around them, despite their human frailties, Kwame Dawes' lyrical prose explores the true meaning of courage."
--Kaylie Jones, author of A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
 
 
 
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