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Written by Richard Price and Sally Price for New West Indian Guide on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Hazel D. Campbell’s Jamaica on My Mind: New and Collected Stories (Leeds, U.K.: Peepal Tree Press, 2019, paper £ 14.99), comprised of several dozen previously published short stories plus eight new ones, takes readers into a different Caribbean from that of Mc Ivor or Plastered in Pretty: a world of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, where many people speak Creole and where the pace of life and the concerns and values are those of the grandparents of the younger writers. Even in the new stories, where cell phones and dancehall appear, it’s the human relations of an earlier Jamaica, and the ever-presence of churches, that provide constancy and—through explorations of well-drawn characters—bring considerable pleasure to the reader.

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