This lovely set of stories brings to life the Jamaican culture and what happens when immigrants from that culture come to North America- and also when they return to Jamaica. These are tales that touch on race, coming of age, mothers and how controlling they can be, sexuality, assimilation, culture, and more. The characters are brought vividly to life with lush descriptions of food, and the use of patois in conversations (no, it’s not that hard to understand). Arthurs is funny and writes sympathetic characters. The stories touch both things specific to the Jamaican experience and things that are universal. Five stars.
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