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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123–135.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Kelly Baker Josephs “See you there. In the free.” This is the closing statement in Erna Brodber's fourth novel, The Rainmaker's Mistake (2007). In the novel, Brodber creatively imagines a past for the New World present, taking advantage of the space literary speculation and science fiction offer...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 59–71.
Published: 01 November 2012
... Even her most recent novel, The Rainmaker’s Mistake (2007), has been greeted with acclaim but also with the usual guarded vagueness about what to make of it. Mary Hanna confesses, “I find the story impossible to follow and yet beautiful to read.”11 Annie Paul observes (with more hyperbole), “Erna...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 119–125.
Published: 01 November 2012
... and cannot return to middle America or to Europe with data to be made into a thesis. Louisiana was hard work—thinking and research that lasted from 1990 to 1994. By the time I had reached The Rainmaker’s Mistake I had given up the notion of dragging people through bush and weeds to see my point.7...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 108–118.
Published: 01 July 2012
... work on which I would draw would include work from writers such as Earl Lovelace, Cezair-Thompson, Jamaica Kincaid, and Dionne Brand, as well as Erna Brodber, whose novels Louisiana (1994) and The Rainmaker's Mistake (2007) would demand special attention. With regard to the pace-setting five...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 72–88.
Published: 01 November 2012
... excellence, critiques Western anthropology and resituates folk consciousness as both discursively sophisticated and operating with a “worldsense” that eludes the narrow comprehension of the Western mind. Her most recent novel, The Rainmaker’s Mistake (2007), borders on a kind of historical science...