She's Gone
Kwame Senu Neville Dawes
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She's Gone

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  9 reviews

A prominent Jamaican reggae singer falls in love with an African American woman while on tour in South Carolina. The two struggle to forge a relationship across a cultural and psychological divide in a story that spans from Jamaica to South Carolina to New York City.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published by Palgrave MacMillan (first published February 1st 2007)
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Shivanee (Novel Niche)
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"I’ve seen several volumes of Dawes’ poetry collections lining local bookstore shelves, but reading She’s Gone, a Caribbean mystic-meets-American urbane love story, is the first true interaction I’ve had with his work.

One sizzling Southern Carolina night, the paths of Kofi, a Jamaican roots reggae man, and Keisha, an American sex and gender researcher, intersect. This book is about how they come to each other, come for each other, how they live together, as well as...more
The first part of the book was engaging as the story unfoled it became less and less. When it unfolded that she was pregnant I was no longer interested, that just seemed like the easiest route for the author to take and I was dissapointed when it happened. There never seemed to be any kind of serious love match between the two characters, which is fine but then there has to be enough of a plot to keep interest. The ending sucked I was expecting better.
I bought this book at Kristin's bookshop in St. George's (Go check it out if you haven't already)!

Kwame Dawes spoke at Bermuda College awhile back and impressed me. Thought I would try this novel.

It was equal parts trashy, simple, layered, quick and delicious.

it felt like i was indulging a guilty pleasure the whole time i was reading .... and I enjoyed it :)

Spoiler alert: Story of a passionate love affair between an unstable musician from Jamaica and a female professor from the American South. Their relationship causes them to face some of their demons before they can move forward together -- at least for the time being.

Strange and haunting.
Danielle Strickman
A debut novel about a cross-cultural relationship- set in NY, American South and Cariggean. Psychological, cultural, gender issues, all beautifully written. Ghanizn born Jamaican author.
Nov 08, 2007 montana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: babylon is a state of mind
interesting so far in terms of interaction between west indian and black american population. also about reggae... heart heart heart.
Captivating book about an international, intercultural romance that is by no means a fairytale.
Inbal Alon
most of the time I felt like I just wanted to get through it but not for the right reasons
Leah Tallawah
Again it's been awhile but I enjoyed it, and I actually have a signed copy. :)
Great poetic realistic writing. Fierce prose.
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