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Caribbean Travel and Life: Beach Read: 2006-04-01
  • “Dominica in Depth”
    Although Unburnable may seem like a standard roots-trip tale, the pervasive role that Dominica’s history plays in the story makes the book extraordinary. While telling the story of three generations of Dominican women – Matilda the healer, Iris the violent prostitute, and ultimately, the Washington, D.C. activist, Lillian, Marie-Elena John touches on some heavy notions: post-colonialism, discrimination, Carib displacement, knotty sexual politics. Yet Unburnable is crafted so elegantly and the stories are so tightly wound that you barely notice the “issues.” The disparate threads of the story eventually come together to create an evocative and unusual tale.


    -Jason Ferguson
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