A Kind of Wrath
According to Associate Professor Michele Elam, Sandra Drake's provocative A Kind of Wrath offers a new take on the mixed-race experience in the relationship between Paula Kajiyama and Will Cawdry, set in contemporary multiracial, multifaith, multilingual Hawai'i. Like Kiana Davenport's Shark Dialogues, Drake's novel challenges traditional assumptions about race and sexuality, and demonstrates the way colonialism, violence, power and hope powerfully impact the experience of people of mixed race today.
About the Author
Sandra Drake's chief interest is Afro-American literature in the context of other literature of the Black Diaspora--that is, Caribbean and African literature in English. Within this field she is especially concerned with women's writing and comparatist feminist studies. Her publications include Wilson Harris and the Modern Tradition: A New Architecture of the World (1986); a book chapter on "Emergence of Minority Literatures in the U.S.A." in Propylaen Geschichte der Literatur (1982); and articles entitled "Alejo Carpentier's Los pasos perdidos," "Innate Life of the Word" (a review essay on Wilson Harris's Explorations), and "All That Foolishness: The Zombi and Afro-Caribbean Culture in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea," in Our Spiritual Heritage.