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How to Love a Jamaican

(2018)
A collection of stories by

 
 
"In these kaleidoscopic stories of Jamaica and its diaspora we hear many voices at once. All of them convince and sing. All of them shine." (Zadie Smith)

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Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret - Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to extraordinary effect in her debut collection about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these 11 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.

Alexia Arthurs emerges in this vibrant, lyrical, intimate collection as one of fiction's most dynamic and essential authors.

Praise for How to Love a Jamaican:

"A sublime short-story collection from newcomer Alexia Arthurs that explores, through various characters, a specific strand of the immigrant experience." (Entertainment Weekly)

"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)

"Vivid and exciting...every story rings beautifully true." (Marie Claire)

Genre: Literary Fiction

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August 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: How to Love a Jamaican
Author(s): Alexia Arthurs
ISBN: 1-5098-8359-2 / 978-1-5098-8359-2 (UK edition)
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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: How to Love a Jamaican: Stories
Author(s): Alexia Arthurs
ISBN: 1-5247-9920-3 / 978-1-5247-9920-5 (USA edition)
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: How to Love a Jamaican
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ISBN: 1-5098-8362-2 / 978-1-5098-8362-2 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Love a Jamaican: Stories
Author(s): Alexia Arthurs
ISBN: 1-5247-9922-X / 978-1-5247-9922-9 (USA edition)
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Title: How to Love a Jamaican: Stories
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Title: How to Love a Jamaican: Stories
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Title: How to Love a Jamaican: Stories
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