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Written by Cindy Allman for Paper Based Bookshop on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Pain Tree by Olive Senior is a collection of stories that covers numerous topics, themes, relationships and events. It takes an excellent writer to write short stories, and in The Pain Tree, Olive Senior shows us how great a writer she is. Within 4-10 pages Senior is able to present characters with depth, immersive plot lines and interesting looks at various themes.

If I have to describe this collection I would go with “deeply moving”. Each story evoked a range of emotions from me. All the characters were uniquely made and memorable. Olive Senior pens moving stories about loneliness, depression, forgiveness, betrayal, love and people all trying to find their place in the world. 

If you are looking for an excellent collection of short stories written by a Caribbean woman, please grab a copy of The Pain Tree!

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