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Pamela Mordecai has published five collections of poetry and an anthology of short fiction. Red Jacket is her debut novel. Her poems have been shortlisted for the Canada Writes CBC Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize. She is the recipient of the Institute of Jamaica’s Centenary and Bronze Musgrave Medals. Born in Jamaica, Mordecai lives in Kitchener, Ontario.


Pamela Mordecai on Red Jacket

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“Pamela Mordecai’s Red Jacket is a richly rewarding reading experience, a lyrical nod to the impossibility, and even wrongness, of reducing lives to chronology or to one or two crystalizing moments. Myriad points of view, a variety of englishes, and a wise and smartly handled fractured timeline are mined to unearth the powerful story of Grace Carpenter and to gather up and pay homage to the village that constitutes her community, at home and abroad. This book is more than a heartbreaking, beautiful story; it is also a bawdy meditation on storytelling and the art of writing.” — 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Aislinn HUnter, Shani Mootoo, and Richard Wagamese)

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