Edna Manley came to Jamaica in 1922 as the wife of a national hero and mother to Jamaica’s fifth prime minister. But she had her own contributions to make as artist, mother, wife, behind-the-scenes politician, mystic, and seer. In this intimate biography, her granddaughter Rachel Manley tells Edna’s remarkable story from her artistic achievements to the demons that haunted her. Set in imperial England and colonial and postcolonial Jamaica, Horses in Her Hair profiles a larger-than-life figure who left an indelible mark on every culture in which she lived.
"To Rachel Manley's great credit as an artist, she does not flinch. Her steady prose grieves for the physical decline and ultimate death of her beloved grandmother and the decline of her country, where, "by 1987, not even the dead were safe from crime." In this way, it is both a lament and hopeful reminder that all things are possible." -- Roxane Ward
ABOUT RACHEL MANLEY
Rachel Manley is the author of the memoir Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood, which won the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction in 1997, and Slipstream: A Daughter Remembers.