How to Love A Jamaican

How to Love A Jamaican


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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.
Publisher: 1807
New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524799205
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Jamaicans -- Fiction.
Jamaican Americans -- Fiction.
Short stories.
African Americans -- Fiction.
African American authors
Est. publishing date: 1807


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Jul 29, 2019

I have vacationed in Jamaica and wanted to get a better feel for the country and its people. I found this collection of short stories in my local library. The stories are well written, but the overall tone is a bit melancholy. Many of the stories involve Jamaicans who have moved to the United States for better lives; a few involve Jamaicans living on the island. Most of the characters wish for better or happier circumstances, even those who appear to be doing reasonably well. Some recurring themes include going to the U.S. for university, race, being a writer, the comfort of Jamaican cooking, the infidelity and promiscuity of Jamaican men, and the importance of mothers. Even for those who've found success and stability abroad, Jamaica, for all its challenges, is still home.

May 19, 2019

Great short stories told by Jamaicans. I’ve spent a lot of time in the Caribbean this year and really appreciated the stories because as a non-Jamaican I only got the tourist view.

Feb 28, 2019

Visualize a crass young woman chewing gum. This is the 'feel' for this book. I only read a few pages and couldn't stand it.

Sep 01, 2018

This is a book a picked up on a whim based on the title alone. This is a beautifully written book that looks at the Brooklyn Jamaican community. It looks at what it means to be young, or queer, or down on your luck, and each vignette weaves a tale of family relations versus personal obligations. Each story has a unique flow and style, and there is some interconnection between them. This is a very strong debut novel!

Aug 21, 2018

A family friend made a comment similar to the quote I shared lol! I loved Alexia Arthurs book, How To Love A Jamaican. As the daughter of Jamaicans, it gave me all the feels. All of her stories are real scenarios that Jamaican people and their children experience. Our crazy and humor is real, trust me! I enjoyed the short stories in this novel a lot; and I can't wait to read her next body of work. Jamaica to di world!


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Dec 27, 2018

"Mi cyaan tek di pasta business. Dats why mi cyaan tek Yankee woman."


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