Yes! I definitely am interested. Does anyone have any suggestions? Here's what I'm thinking:
- Small Island by Andrea Levy is on my immediate TBR pile, and it has gotten great reviews.
- There were two Caribbean books for the Commonwealth Prize shortlist
Chutney Power, by Willi Chen (Trinidad), Macmillan Caribbean and The Fear of Stones, by Kei Miller (Jamaica), Macmillan Caribbean which would be more recent. I found Chutney Power on Amazon. I couldn't even find Kei Miller in their database!
- My top choice would be a book that I only learned existed thanks to Shelfari (that I have subsequently bought and added to the shelf) called "The Heart Does Not Bend", by Makeda Silvera. I am quite intrigued b/c it is by a Jamaican woman in Canada who writes (from what I understand) from a lesbian perspective. This is very interesting b/c Jamaica is an EXTREMELY intolerant and homophobic society (embarrassingly so--just go to today's Jamaica Observer online and read the headline--it is barbaric and primitive the way my compatriots behave), so I am curious to see what she has to say.
- I also never got around to reading Edwidge Danticat's "Dew Breaker", so that's a possibility.
So to summarize, here are my choices, in order of preference:
1. The Heart Does Not Bend
2. Chutney Power
3. Small Island
4. The Dewbreaker
What does anyone/everyone else think?
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