It Falls Into Place brings together for the first time the shorter fiction of Phyllis Shand Allfrey whose novel The Orchid House is a classic of Caribbean literature.
These tantalising stories — set in Dominica, New York and London yet always steeped in an unmistakably West Indian identity — probe beneath the surface of colonial life, often drawing on autobiographical experience.
Allfrey’s skill is to lead her characters — of different races and cultures — into unpredictable encounters where miracles can happen.
The introduction for It Falls Into Place is written by Allfrey’s biographer, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, professor of Caribbean culture and literature in the department of Hispanic Studies at Vassar College, USA.
[Allfrey’s] delicate touch, discerning eye and a heart wise to the human condition animate these stories.
– Olive Senior
Allfrey the artist and Allfrey the activist merge in this memorable collection of stories.
– David Dabydeen
The magical literary voice of the luscious island of Dominica….These marvellous stories are a pleasure.”
– Carmen Callil