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Fool Fool Rose
Is Leaving


Lorna Goodison
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Lorna Goodison makes her re-entry into the world of prose fiction with this collection of short stories intriguingly titled Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah. These stories are variously amusing, informative, thought-provoking, poignant and morally challenging, and cover a range of situations, characters and subjects.

The stories are marked by Goodison's distinctive mastery of the art of moving between standard English and Creole, which has the effect of making the reader feel that she is using one language. The collection also reflects her characteristic empathy with the deprived, the oppressed, the lonely and the socially disadvantaged.

Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah builds on the author's first collection of short stories Baby Mother and the King of Swords, which won a Pushcart Prize, was translated into German as Der Schwertkonig, and was praised by the London Financial Times as ‘an assured fictional debut'. Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah strengthens the reputation of Goodison's prose fiction as a worthy complement to her poetry.

All recent publications by Lorna Goodison

  • Supplying Salt and Light: Poems
  • From Harvey River: A Memoir of my Mother and her People
  • Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems
  • Controlling the Silver
  • Fool Fool Rose <br>Is Leaving<br>Labour-in-Vain-Savannah

All publications by Lorna Goodison

Poetry: Tamarind Season, Kingston, Jamaica: Institute of Jamaica (1980); I Am Becoming My Mother, London: New Beacon (1986); Heartease, London: New Beacon (1988); Poems: Lorna Goodson. New York: Research Institute for the Study of Man/CommonWealth of Letters (Yale University), 1989, 1995; Selected Poems, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (1992); Jungfernbraun, Lorna Goodison, Gedichte, trans Wolfgang Binder(Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag, 1994); To Us, All Flowers Are Roses. Chicago: University of Illinois Press (1995); Turn Thanks. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999; Guinea Woman: New and Selected Poems. Manchester: Carcanet Press (2000); Travelling Mercies (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2001; A Quartet of Poets: Alice Walker, Lorna Goodison, Maya Angelous, Grace Nichols (Modern Women Writers Series). London: Longman (1994) Prose Fiction: Baby Mother and the King of Swords: Short Stories (London: Longman, 1990); Der Schwertkonig, Lorna Goodison, Der Kurzgeschicten aus Jamaica, translated by Wolfgang Binder (Frankfurt: Dipa Verlag, 1992); A Quartet of Stories: Maya Angelous, Lorna Goodison, Olive Senior, Alice Walker (Modern Women Writers Series). London: Longman, 1993.

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