Villa Fair by Bernadette DyerVilla Fair by Bernadette Dyer

Villa Fair

byBernadette Dyer

Paperback | November 16, 2000

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An artist cooks a Jamaican meal for her straying lover, thinking she might just have the one ingredient that will ensure he never leaves her. A beautiful woman slips into the sea near her Jamaican home and disappears on the eve of a reunion with her Scottish fianc?. A white law student and a black harlot do a sexual tango in a shanty with fatal results. Like a tropical breeze, the whiff of exotica blows through the lives of Bernadette Dyer's characters, whether they are Jamaican immigrants grappling with everyday existence in Canada or residents of Jamaica itself encountering the uncommon and the fabulous under the torrid Caribbean sun. Ghosts haunt crumbling estates, lovers despair amid crashing waves and wind- whipped vistas, dislocated newcomers seek better lives in faraway lands. Magic may be found anywhere, and the wistful and the winsome walk side by side through concrete-and-steel canyons of the inner city or along cliffs where they may topple into a raging surf or collide with an epiphany of boundless possibility.

Bernadette Dyer is a Jamaican Canadian who is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, artist, and storyteller. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Review, Diva, Zygote, Wasafiri, Jones Ave., Imelod, paperplates, and Revue Noire. Robert, her monologue for black actors, is included in the Playwrights Union of Canada's Tellin' It Like It Is....
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Title:Villa FairFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:November 16, 2000Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888784104

ISBN - 13:9780888784100

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Reading, A Masterpiece Wonderfull short stories, that are full of life. An enjoyable read, that is well worth the price. I look forward to future books by Bernadette Dyer.
Date published: 2000-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong voice I read Bernadette Dyer's book with great delight. The setting of each story is rich and evocative, the characters are fascinating, and the dialogue is very realistic in terms of pacing and emotional intensity. I found her prose style and rhythm reminiscent of Toni Morrison's "Beloved." The sorrows associated with human suffering are drawn with respect and admiration. As well, the joys and ectasies of love, the links and demands of family and the exhalted thrill of ambitions realized, are contrasted with those harsh realities of making one's way through life. As a reader, I travelled through each character's life as they made grave sacrifices requiring hope and faith. I felt somehow fortified by the experience of reading "Villa Fair" as if life is a gamble that for those that are willing to play, however, determination and optimism can load the odds in one's favour. I look forward to her next book.
Date published: 2000-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from villa fair I received this book as a gift and took a short time to read it. It was very enjoyable and an easy read. Bernadette created stories full of visual imagery that were entertaining and full of life. In reading the stories I felt a part of the lives of each of the characters, as if they were before me and not only in the book. I look forward to reading any future stories by this author.
Date published: 2000-11-10