I’m going to let this one jump the queue because Naomi Jackson is one of our own (she has Bajan and Antiguan roots) and she’s been nothing but kind (most recently naming my book Oh Gad! to a recent list she did at the American Scholar).Her acclaimed book The Star Side of Bird Hill is set in Barbados so, though it’s been out for a minute, the Barbados launch is no doubt a pretty big deal for her and the country. Chattel House Books sent us this and now we’re sharing it with you. If you’re in Barbados, show her some love, and ask her when’s the Antigua launch.
They included this synopsis of the book:
The lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, ages ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah.
This tautly paced coming-of-age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family.