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Polished Hoe, the (2002) [Novel]
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When an elderly Bimshire village woman calls the police to confess to a murder, the result is a shattering all-night vigil that brings together elements of the African diaspora in one epic sweep. Set on the post-colonial West Indian island of Bimshire in 1952, The Polished Hoe unravels over the course of 24 hours but spans the lifetime of one woman and the collective experience of a society informed by slavery.

As the novel opens, Mary Mathilda is giving confession to Sargeant, a police officer she has known all her life. The man she claims to have murdered is Mr. Belfeels, the village plantation owner for whom she has worked for more than thirty years. Mary has also been Mr. Belfeels' mistress for most of that time and is the mother of his only son, Wilbeforce, a successful doctor.

What transpires through Mary's words and recollections is a deep meditation about the power of memory and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Infused with Joycean overtones, this is a literary masterpiece that evokes the sensuality of the tropics and the tragic richness of Island culture.

Original title: The Polished Hoe
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives
FictionGeneral FictionBlack (african-american)
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: The Polished Hoe

The Polished Hoe (2002)
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Language: English

  • "An utterly extraordinary and thoroughly compelling tragedy of Shakespearean scope... stunning and heart-rending... it ought to be both widely read and deeply remembered." Globe and Mail
  • "A magnificent, breathtaking plunge into the secret depths of human relations... a wonder-filled gem." Ottawa Citizen
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The Polished Hoe (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers
ISBN: 9780887621345
Dimensions: x H x D in
Pages: 480

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The Polished Hoe (September 2002)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers
ISBN: 9780887621109
Dimensions: 6.2 x 8.9 x 1.6 in
Pages: 480

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