The Talking Palm

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About the Author

A teacher and former adjunct lecturer, Esther Jno-Charles received her MFA in Creative Writing from City College in 2006. Her book of short stories, Trysts with Nature, is registered with the Library of Congress. At Smith College, she edited and self-published anthologies depicting the creative work of children who participated in an arts program she founded at the college in 1998. Some of her stories are published in LaGuardia Community and Smith College anthologies. In 1995, she won the LaGuardia College Writing Center's first creative writing contest for students. Ms. Jno-Charles, who loves gardening, event and jogging, is a mother of three living in New York.

The Talking Palm

How the childhood storms of a young woman's life remained hidden until a palm fruit started talking

Authored by Ms. Esther Jno-Charles

Sheryl grows up in the Caribbean isle of Dominica believing in a cultural myth that a big bad man called a "skerrit" kills children who do not go to school. But a truant Sheryl thinks that can never happen to her until the day she learns that the "skerrit" has come to get her, and the frightened nine-year old faces a fate that she thinks nobody can save her from. As Sheryl matures and encounters more powerful people determined to harm her, however, she fights back the best she can. One day, an unusually mighty friend whom she has been longing to see all of her life finally visits her land. But the excited twenty-year old discovers that her friend's landing is not what she had anticipated, and more than she had expected. Stories of stormy as well as delightful coconut encounters in this novel are buried deep within Sheryl, until one night, one late college night, when a palm fruit starts her talking.

Publication Date:
0982887701 / 9780982887707
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Women

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