Joe Pemberton: Forever and Ever Amen (2792 words)

Georgia Stabler (The Nottingham Trent University)
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Forever and Ever Amen is Joe Pemberton’s first novel originally published in 2000 by Headline rRview and reissued in 2008 by Matador. Set in 1960s Moss Side Manchester, the novel draws heavily on Pemberton’s own recollections of growing up in Moss Side and describes the real and imagined childhood experiences of nine year old James as he and his family anticipate a move to Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside Greater Manchester. James’ parents migrated separately in the late fifties from the former British colony, St Kitts, in the West Indies. Their memories and experiences resonate in James’ own fractured narration, signalling not only the ongoing connection between these two locations, but also the effects that parental …

Stabler, Georgia. "Forever and Ever Amen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 November 2015
[, accessed 19 March 2018.]

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