My Mother's Last Dance

Through the weaving of many stories, Ford-Smith celebrates the lives of three generations of Jamaican women. She explores the ways in which some of life's experiences are defined by race and privilege, and charts a double death -- that of the mother, and that of the Caribbean colonial legacy.

Filled with dramatic prose, lyrical verse, and rich photo images, this collection shimmers with the colors of the Caribbean; lush, vivid imagery and haunting memories. In dramatic monologues and lively verse, everyday people and things take unexpected turns -- telephone wires become things you walk on, and houses are haunted by duppies!

My Mother's Last Dance is a magical voyage from reality to fantasy and back again -- a meditation on grief, memory and hope.