New from Mandisa M. Parnell is the novella which features two short stories: "Blessing Unforeseen" and "Ambushed in the Night" which won a Silver Award in the
2014 Jamaica (JCDC) Creative Writing Competition. Premonition: Listening to the Voices introduces two women - Adina and Marissa - who are led by superstitious minds and the "voices" within.
“If ah never listen to that voice… oh, that blessed voice…!”
Adina – the daughter of a powerful obeah man – is a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. She gets baptized and vows to start anew but to do so she has to get rid of the gunman she is sleeping with.
She tries but finds it difficult to make a clean break. Before she knows it, she is living a double-life. Then, everything changes. She has a showdown with her Maker and the entire town bears witness. What happens when she gets unwelcomed visitors in the dead
“Why mi never follow mi blinking mind?”
Marissa gets a rude awakening when she fails to “read
her bible” one morning. She soon becomes an unwilling participant in a race against time – a race that she will not win. She tortures herself over and over, accepting blame for her predicament even as she wishes she could press a rewind button
and get a do-over. How will she feel when she discovers the truth behind the saying: “Every disappointment is a blessing in disguise”?