In these sometimes strange, funny, tragic and truthful stories, Cherie Jones weaves paths through the joys and suffering of women’s lives. The writing occupies an in-between space between the magical and the realistic, exploring the tensions between the African folk wisdom Nanan passes on from the ancestors to her grand-daughter, and the colonised dictums that the mother in ‘The Bride’ offers her daughter about how a respectable woman lives. (‘Remember how nappy you can look if you let yourself go.’)
The Burning Bush Women tells so many stories, so much life, in a rich variety of voices that stay with you long after closing the book. The talented short story writer can tell a lifetime in a few pages, and in this Cherie Jones ranks with the best.
Cherie Jones lives and works in Barbados. She was the winner of the first prize in the 1999 Commonwealth Short Story Competition and a prize of £2,000.