These stories of triumph and despair present a gallery of characters, Caribbean immigrants struggling against the odds, as they make their way through the maze of urban life. Set in Montreal, Lives breaks the stereotypes to give us a side of Canada rarely acknowledged. Mary Fellows is a sex-worker organizing a demonstration on St Catherine Street; Margaret is on a perpetual quest for a suitable man, her latest folly a suave, much younger man she brought over from Jamaica; Greta, a domestic help, proudly holds up her son's high school diploma; but can he read it? Lives adds to Thomas's already considerable reputation as a chronicler of black life in Montreal.
These stories from Montreal present a gallery of characters, Caribbean immigrants desperate and triumphant, always struggling against the odds, as they make their way through the maze of urban life.
Lives breaks the stereotypes to give us a side of Canada rarely acknowledged.
Praise for H Nigel Thomas' Behind the Face of Winter:
". . . may be the starkest, most distressingly honest, thus unforgettable, account of the Caribbean-Canadian experience yet written . . . a brave and eloquent voice. - Montreal Gazette
H Nigel Thomas is the author of seven books: three novels, Spirits in the Dark (shortlisted for the QSPELL Hugh MacClennan Fiction Award), Behind the Face of Winter, and Return to Arcadia; a collection of short stories, How Loud Can the Village Cock Crow; a collection of poems, Moving through Darkness; and two works of non-fiction, From Folklore to Fiction: A Study of Folk Heroes and Rituals in the Black American Novel, and Why We Write: Conversations with African Canadian Poets and Novelists. He is a former Montreal high-school teacher and retired professor of US literature at Université Laval, and now lives in Montreal.