McCallum’s Madwoman is a study in coping, an exploration of the fusion and disintegration of memory. It is autobiographical but also fiction. Ultimately, Madwoman allows readers to walk in the shoes of various Caribbean women to better understand their lives and daily struggles. McCallum’s use of language that skips in and out of Jamaican nation language and standard English, her attention to specific details, and her graceful handling of the madwoman allow her native home and all the memories through which she constructs her identity to leap off the page, becoming tangible.
Opal Palmer Adisa