Ladies of the Night is set in Toronto and Antigua. With women's loves and lives as their focus, the stories contain dramatic twists and turns: some humorous, others shocking and disturbing, all leaving a haunting melody behind. The Toronto stories capture the issues women face as they walk the ground of intimate and family relationships in that city. The Antiguan setting of some of the stories are reflective of Prince's insight into relationships, captured in her novel and essays. The characters reveal their different ways of managing a range of struggle, pain, rage, love and pure unadulterated joy. The humour of some stories complement the plaintive sadness and emotionality of the strings some other stories pluck.
About the author
Editor Althea Prince was born in Antigua, the Caribbean, and has lived in Canada, the US, and England. She has taught sociology, first at York University and the University of Toronto and now teaches at Ryerson University–The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, where she won the Kay Livingstone Award in 2011. Dr. Prince is known for her work as an essayist and fiction writer. Her published works include The Politics of Black Women’s Hair (cultural studies), Being Black (cultural studies), Loving This Man (novel), Ladies of the Night (stories), Feminisms and Womanisms. A Women’s Studies Reader (co-editor), and How the Starfish Got to the Sea (children).