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Overview After Estrella Thompson approaches a diver that flops up on a Caribbean island, she is banished from the only home she has ever known, and her first goal is to buy a pair of shoes so that she can find a job.
Set in 1942 on the imagined island of San Carlos, a cultural cocktail of Trinidad, Cuba, and Jamaica, this is the story of Estrella Thompson, a headstrong fourteen-year-old girl who’s forced to fend for herself when she’s banished from the isolated fishing village where she’s lived all her life.
Colin Channer’s major works of fiction include the novel Waiting in Vain and the story collection Passing Through, which Junot Díaz described as “a splendid collection by one of the Caribbean Diaspora’s finest writers.” He also edited Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica’s Calabash Writer’s Workshop (Akashic Books, 2006). Channer is an assistant professor of English and the coordinator of the BA creative writing program at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Akashic Books
ISBN 1933354267 ISBN13 9781933354262
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More About Colin Channer & Russell Banks
Colin Channer?is the author of? national bestselling novels"Colin Channer?is the author of? national bestselling novels"Waiting in Vain" and "Satisfy My Soul" as well as?the novellWaiting in Vain" and "Satisfy My Soul" as well as?the novellas "I'm Still Waiting and The Girl with the Golden Shoe. "Heas "I'm Still Waiting and The Girl with the Golden Shoe. "He is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology "Iron Balloon is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology "Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop".?Hs: Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop".?His essays, criticism and short fiction have appeared in the is essays, criticism and short fiction have appeared in the "New York Times", "Bomb", the "Times Literary Supplement", ""New York Times", "Bomb", the "Times Literary Supplement", "Renaissance Noire", "Obsidian III" and "Essence". Colin ChanRenaissance Noire", "Obsidian III" and "Essence". Colin Channer was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he began his writinner was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he began his writing career in high school as the secret (and expensive) creatog career in high school as the secret (and expensive) creator of love poems and amorous correspondence on behalf of other of love poems and amorous correspondence on behalf of other boys. He is?the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Wrr boys. He is?the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Channer is alsoiting at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Channer is also the founder and artistic director of The Calabash Literary the founder and artistic director of The Calabash Literary Festival. Festival.
Colin Channer currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Girl with the Golden Shoes?
Lyrical Exploration...(4.5 Stars) Apr 25, 2007
The Girl With The Golden Shoes by Colin Channer is a lyrical exploration of a young woman's internal and external journey. Estrella Thompson is a fourteen year- old girl, living on the island of San Carlos, who dreams of life beyond the shores where she exists. A chance meeting with a scuba-diver who washed up on the shore propels her forth on her journey. No one believes her when she explains what she has seen and she is viewed as a liar. Her biggest struggle seems to be her quest for a better life, something other than what she has known. The islanders believe that she feels she is better than they are and she needs to accept her destiny as a fishmonger. Their lack of belief forces her on her quest to get to a better place; in her mind that place is Europe. However, to get on her way she needs to get herself a new pair of shoes, golden shoes. That is a major undertaking for someone who has never owned or worn shoes. Though the story starts in 1942, the message is so timely because it deals with how one must make their own way. I loved how the gentle message of making your own choices was layered throughout the story.
Mr. Channer paints such a vivid picture with his use of language that I was swept along with Estrella as she ventured out. She travels from her village, allowing herself to become intertwined in the lives of the people she encounters. The people she encounters on her way are as ethnically and culturally diverse as any I have seen in recent literature. The Girl With The Golden Shoes takes us on a journey that explores class, sexuality and racism with dignity and a use of language that causes the scenes to dance off the page. Mr. Channer explores sexuality in a way that is non-sensational, yet thought-provoking. Watching Estrella strive to overcome her beginnings and work towards her inner strength as a proud African woman is beautiful. In the larger view the changes may not seem huge, but in terms of her growth they are phenomenal.
I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in a beautifully wrought work, by a storytelling master.