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Frying Plantain

(2019)
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Set in a neighbourhood known as "Little Jamaica," Frying Plantain follows one young girl from elementary school to high school graduation as she navigates the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation immigrants and first-generation cultural expectations, and Black identity and predominantly white society.

Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle - of her North American identity and her desire to be a "true" Jamaican, of her mother and grandmother's rages and life lessons, of having to avoid being thought of as too "faas" or too "quiet" or too "bold" or too "soft." Set in a neighbourhood known as "Little Jamaica," Kara moves from girlhood to the threshold of adulthood, from elementary school to high school graduation, in these twelve interconnected stories. We see her on a visit to Jamaica, startled by the sight of a severed pig's head in her great-aunt's freezer; in junior high, the victim of a devastating prank by her closest friends; and as a teenager in and out of her grandmother's house, trying to cope with the ongoing battles between her unyielding grandparents.

A rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds, Frying Plantain shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn to something much darker.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A writer to watch." - George Elliott Clarke


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August 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Frying Plantain: Longlisted for the Giller Prize 2019
Author(s): Zalika Reid-Benta
ISBN: 0-349-70153-9 / 978-0-349-70153-0 (UK edition)
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September 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: Frying Plantain
Author(s): Zalika Reid-Benta
ISBN: 0-349-70150-4 / 978-0-349-70150-9 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : Canada Paperback
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Frying Plantain
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ISBN: 0-349-70151-2 / 978-0-349-70151-6 (UK edition)
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December 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Author(s): Zalika Reid-Benta
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August 2019 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Frying Plantain
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June 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Frying Plantain: Longlisted for the Giller Prize 2019
Author(s): Zalika Reid-Benta
Publisher: Dialogue Books
Availability: Amazon UK