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    16 - A Collection of Short Stories

    Published By: Royards Publishing Company
    Price: US$ 13.50
    16 is a uniformly strong collection of lively, well-crafted and previously unpublished short stories; most of them showing distinct promise, and a few approaching excellence. One of the pleasures of reading the whole book is that while each story can stand up for itself, the gathering has the impact of a unified whole. The stories announce their island identity by satisfying certain common expectations of the Trinidadian/West Indian short story: impressive and often functional descriptions of the landscape; the vivid, dialect-speaking characters (including the smartman/trickster); the outsider figures; humour and comedy; folk material including the supernatural; and the writer’s consciousness of the interplay between ‘the rural’ and ‘the urban’ as they merge into each other. Conforming to tradition does not prevent the collection from feeling new.
    Author: Various
    Category: Fiction
    Sub Category: Short Stories