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DE BOOK OF JOSEPH, the third book in Mordecai's epic trilogy about the lives of Jesus, his mother, Mary and his foster father, the tekton of Nazareth, is a dazzling retelling in Jamaican Creole of the story of Joseph's early life, his marriage to his first wife, his magical meeting with Mary, and his role in the birth and raising of Jesus. Mordecai employs the demotic to create a cast of spirited characters who surround a down-to-earth Jesus, Mary and Joseph as they contend with the intrigue surrounding Herod's determination to assassinate the infant king of the Jews, the family's escape into Egypt as refugees, and the trials they face on their return. At once humorous and tragic, playful and sober, this luminous tale of how Joseph and his families prevail over life's vicissitudes will reward endless rereading.
Poetry. Religion & Spirituality.
About the Author
Pamela Mordecai writes poetry, fiction and plays. Her collections of poetry are Journey Poem, de Man: a performance poem, Certifiable, The True Blue of Islands, Subversive Sonnets, de book of Mary: a performance poem, Up Tropic, and A Fierce Green Place: new and selected poems. Her first collection of short fiction, Pink Icing and Other Stories, appeared to enthusiastic reviews in 2006, and her first novel, Red Jacket, was published in 2015 and shortlisted for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award. Her writing for children is widely collected and well known internationally. El Numero Uno, a play for young people, had its world premiere at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto in 2010 and its Caribbean premiere at the Edna Manley School for the Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2016. She lives in Toronto.