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"It¹s magical stuff, outrageous and scatological, sharpened to a fine, funny point, and an entirely charming read." The Hartford Courant
My Grandmother's Erotic Folktales
978-0-8021-3900-9 • $13.00 • Paperback • June 2002
From one of the most original and eloquent young writers today comes an intoxicating tale that superbly blends the Caribbean's exotic past with its decidedly spicy present, told through the eyes of an utterly unique ninety-seven-year-old grandmother.
Robert Antoni took the literary world by storm with his first novel, Divina Trace, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and is widely recognized as a landmark in Caribbean literature. His second novel, Blessed Is the Fruit, received extraordinary praise and was hailed by Robert Olen Butler as "an enduring work of art."
My Grandmother's Erotic Folktales is a brilliantly seductive collection of folk- tales retold by an exotic grandmother to her innocent young grandson. Set amid the lush landscape of Corpus Christi during World War II, these erotic tales were originally meant to keep the U.S. servicemen out of the brothelsand out of trouble. Now, in her ninety-seventh year, the widow tells these stories as a tapestry of interlocking and exaggerated memoriesall the more colorful for the retelling.
Lyrical and lewd, fabulous and scatological, the tales range from absurd side-splitting asides to timeless traditional Caribbean folktales. Offered generously and playfully as a rite of passage, these tales are a tribute to Antoni's remarkable talent.