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The Polished Hoe: A Novel

The Polished Hoe: A Novel by Austin Clarke

The Polished Hoe

Winner of both the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Polished Hoe is acclaimed author Austin Clarke’s masterpiece. On a Caribbean island in the 1950s, elderly Mary Gertrude Mathilda commits murder. As she explains herself to police, her story exposes the ugly underbelly of life on Caribbean plantations, with its slavery and brutality.

“… brilliantly written dialogue, a rich, dancing patois that fills out the dimensions of the island’s painful history and its complex caste system.”—Publishers Weekly

May 4th, 2009