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How to love a Jamaican : stories

Author: Alexia Arthurs
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life. In "Light-Skinned Girls and Kelly Rowlands," an NYU student befriends a fellow Jamaican whose privileged West Coast upbringing has blinded her to the hard realities of race. In "Mash Up Love," a twin's chance sighting of his
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexia Arthurs
ISBN: 9781524799205 1524799203
OCLC Number: 1008876270
Description: 239 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Light-skinned girls and Kelly Rowlands --
Mash up love --
Slack --
Bad behavior --
Island --
Mermaid River --
The ghost of Jia Yi --
How to love a Jamaican --
On shelf --
We eat our daughters --
Shirley from a small place.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Alexia Arthurs.

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Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life. In "Light-Skinned Girls and Kelly Rowlands," an NYU student befriends a fellow Jamaican whose privileged West Coast upbringing has blinded her to the hard realities of race. In "Mash Up Love," a twin's chance sighting of his estranged brother--the prodigal son of the family--stirs up unresolved feelings of resentment. In "Bad Behavior," a couple leave their wild teenage daughter with her grandmother in Jamaica, hoping the old ways will straighten her out. In "Mermaid River," a Jamaican teenage boy is reunited with his mother in New York after eight years apart. In "The Ghost of Jia Yi," a recently murdered student haunts a despairing Jamaican athlete recruited to an Iowa college. And in "Shirley from a Small Place," a world-famous pop star retreats to her mother's big new house in Jamaica, which still holds the power to restore something vital.

This collection of short stories sweeps from close-knit island communities on Jamaica to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns. In them, Arthurs forms a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life. -- adapted from jacket.

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