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BOOKS
Summer Lightning and Other Stories Summer Lightning and Other Stories
Fiction
9780582786271
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group, 1988

Eclairs de chaleur, translated into French by Christine Raguet, Geneva: 2011
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Summer Lightning  has achieved the status of a classic, having won the first Commonwealth Writers Prize. It has remained in print since its first publication in 1986 as part of the Longman Caribbean Writers series and continues to be beloved of readers and taught at schools and universities worldwide.
Summer Lightning is an original contribution to the flourishing school of West Indian writers who create rooms we've never seen before, voices we've never heard.
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Senior's achievement is to address ominous issues obliquely, by cataloguing, with wit and affection, the lilting speech and loping gait of the local population.
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Summer Lightning startles in its clarity of imagery, its lucid evocation of contrasting moods and its language - a sophisticated fusion of Jamaican English and Creole prose rhythms.
RACE TODAY

...the ubiquitous gossip that levels all class and social distinctions is the linchpin for all Senior's stories. Young and old, male and female all contribute to a collage of viewpoints, embellishing and enriching the protagonist's tale... This collection is a jouvert mas.
THE CARIBBEAN WRITER

In her range of register, her manipulation of narrative viewpoint and the overall sharp wit and vibrancy of her observations and comments on society, Olive Senior's writing is dynamic and original.
WASAFIRI

This is the most exciting collection of short stories to come out of the Caribbean for a very long time and it places Olive Senior in the front rank of fiction writers.
KUNAPIPI

Her characters . .  . are real people, caught between the everyday world and the world of the imagination, with lasting ties and confusing emotions... .  an outstanding collection by an extremely talented writer.
THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY

The total effect is of a particular world illuminated from every angle and, by the time we turn the final page, intimately known.
JOURNAL OF WEST INDIAN LITERATURE

She keeps us turning the pages because she makes each of her characters matter to her readers, so that we feel, wherever we ourselves are from, that they are part of the humanity we share.
CARIBBEAN WEEK