It Falls into Place

Phyllis Shand Allfrey
Publication date: 2004
Paperback: 144 pages
ISBN: 978053222414
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Price: £7.99
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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

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