DAT's Love

Leonora Brito, Author Seren Books $15.95 (240p) ISBN 978-1-85411-136-4
Combine an unexpected setting (the Caribbean community in Wales) with some truly fresh writing, and you get a debut collection that is sometimes funny and always highly original. Brito's narrators and characters are free talkers and freethinkers with strikingly singular perspectives. Following what she takes as a personal appeal from Churchill, a young woman at the Ministry of Labour finds herself recording all the scrap and findings after a canal is dredged in ""Digging for Victory."" Another woman who at 59 finds herself working as a model for a life drawing class recalls the day she thought the house had been robbed only to find that her ne'er-do-well husband had taken their savings to buy a motorcycle in ""T.I.N.A."" In ""Moonbeam Kisses,"" a savvy girl recalls, ""The day after the Pope died they put me in an orphanage, which they said was a `home.' Fair enough."" A woman, ""a godly singer,"" recalls the life of the less godly pianist Dooley Wilson at his funeral-""You must remember him-the coloured fellow in the white suit. The one who rolls his eyes when he plays piano in that famous film and sings that famous song, so doleful!"" (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 10/02/1995
Release date: 10/01/1995
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