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Me Dying Trial

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With a New Introduction by Edwidge Danticat

Me Dying Trial, Patricia Powell's masterful debut novel, establishes her as a major voice in Caribbean literature. Gwennie Augusta Glaspole, a schoolteacher, is trapped in an unhappy marriage and quickly saddled with six children. Gwennie resists Jamaican cultural expectations of playing dutiful wife and mother, strugglin/>Me
Paperback, 248 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Beacon Press (first published November 1993)
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Written in a comfortable style that evokes the Jamaican accent/lilt and Jamaican mannerisms, "Me Dying Trial" left me wanting something more. The end of the book was almost perfunctory and certainly abrupt and rushed after some good pacing throughout. Perhaps my perception will improve on another reading, which I will do this weekend.

Gwennie's story actually left me feeling little sympathy for her though I know that her situation isn't uncommon and isn't easy. But something about how she handl
In Me Dying Trial we meet Gwennie, a primary school teach in rural Jamaica in an unhappy marriage with six children. Gwennie can not seem to catch a break, she works for a really low salary and is constantly tired with little or no help. With the help of her Mother and her Aunty, Gwennie was able to leave her children to pursue higher education in the form of a teacher's certificate. With her new found empowerment Gwennie wants to do and be so much more but ends up getting pregnant with anothe ...more
Julie Suzanne
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flipping through the pages, I see numerous hostile response notes in the margins.....I remember. At this time, I was still completely opposed to the idea of myself being a mother, but I can see that I must have had the same beliefs about parenting in general that I have today.
I recall really disliking and harshly judging the protagonist, as I believe that the traditional responsibility she has for her children outweighs any personal desires she may have. I don't recall if I ever sympathize
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