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Title: Off Colour
Author: Jackie Kay
Number of Pages: 64 pages
Book Number/Goal: 22/30 for 2010
My Rating: 2/5

I love Jackie Kay's novel and short stories, so I figured I'd give her poetry a try even though I am not a fan of poetry in general. This was a bad idea! It turns out I am still not a fan, even if it's an author I really love. :( I just don't really get poetry at all. But if you like poetry, you might like it! A lot of the same themes that show up in her prose (being black, being a lesbian, being Scottish) are present here, too.

If you want my copy, just leave a comment. I can only ship within the US, though.
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Title: Wish I Was Here
Author: Jackie Kay
Number of Pages: 198 pages
Book Number/Goal: 30/75 for 2009
My Rating: 5/5

I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did Why Don't You Stop Talking, but it's still a really awesome book. I just love the way she writes, her use of language, everything.

As with her previous short story collection, most of these are about queer people (mostly lesbians, though the last story is about gay men), though this time they seem to be mostly not about people of color (only two (IIRC) are specified as being PoC and many are specified as being white, with a few that don't indicate one way or the other).

I think my favorite stories were Wish I Was Here, My Daughter the Fox, and The Mirrored Twins.

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Jackie Kay "Why Don't You Stop Talking" - 5/5

Oh wow. Just wow. I loved Trumpet and have been eager to read anything else by Jackie Kay since then and this is the first thing I've been able to get my hands on. It BLOWS TRUMPET AWAY. Seriously.

Not every story was awesome, but they were all very, very good, and there were several that instantly became some of my favorite short stories ever. I especially loved Out of Hand and Married Women.


Sep. 16th, 2007 12:22 am
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I finished reading Trumpet by Jackie Kay tonight. I only started it a couple of days ago, and for me that's quick. Usually I don't spend much time reading, as it takes away from whatever else I'm doing, so I'll read a bit in line at the post office or a chapter when I eat lunch or whatever. But I could hardly stand to put this down (though I did several times and for long periods, simply because I really don't have the time to just sit there and read).

It's an excellent book. Great story. Brilliant writing. I'm keen to read her other books now, but the library doesn't have them. Maybe I'll put them on my Christmas list.

Rambling )

I just love this book so, so much.


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