Out on 27 June 2019

How to Love a Jamaican

Alexia Arthurs

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27 June 2019
9781509883622
256 pages
Synopsis

Set in Jamaica and America, How to Love a Jamaican is about Jamaicans who leave and stay, and the issues they face in the modern world. Zadie Smith, NoViolet Bulawayo and Carmen Maria Machado have praised this vibrant, fresh and lyrical debut, and hailed Alexia Arthurs as an exciting new talent.

Synopsis

Set in Jamaica and America, How to Love a Jamaican is about Jamaicans who leave and stay, and the issues they face in the modern world. Zadie Smith, NoViolet Bulawayo and Carmen Maria Machado have praised this vibrant, fresh and lyrical debut, and hailed Alexia Arthurs as an exciting new talent.

Alexia Arthurs' How to love a Jamaican is sharp and kind, bitter and sweet. It stays in the yard, delicately attentive to the ways of country folks, and it leaves home with them, too, as they head to 'foreign' - that place across the water where barrels get filled to be sent back home and people are never quite as happy as they expected to be. In these kaleidoscopic stories of Jamaica and its diaspora we hear many voices at once: some cultivated, some simple, some wickedly funny, some deeply melancholic. All of them convince and sing. All of them shine. In this thrilling debut collection Alexia Arthurs is all too easy to love.

Zadie Smith

Alexia Arthurs is a writer of beauty, wit, and precision; these stories will grab you by the heart. This is a boss collection.

NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names

I am utterly taken with these gorgeous, tender, heartbreaking stories. Arthurs is a witty, perceptive, and generous writer, and this is a book that will last

Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties