The True History of Paradise

The True History of Paradise

A Novel

Book - 1999
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It is 1981, and Jamaica is in a state of emergency: there is violence in the streets and police checkpoints are everywhere. Island dwellers for centuries, the Landing family has gathered to bury one of its own. Staring at the closed coffin, mother and sister confront the reality that bright, vibrant, fiercely independent Lana has taken her own life. Jean, Lana's sister and closest confidante, has always been attuned to the spirit world, and now, in the face of this latest catastrophe, the voices that have always guided her urge flight from this troubled place.

As Jean makes her way across the island toward the plane waiting to take her to America and safety, she is overcome by memories, not only of Lana but also of her forebears -- African, Creole, Scottish, Indian, and Chinese. Ancestral voices tell of hardships and wonders, of the beauty and atrocity that are indelible parts of the Jamaican experience. A testament to how extreme politics shapes everyday lives, The True History of Paradise is an impressive vision of a remarkable world.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c1999.
ISBN: 9780525944904
Branch Call Number: FIC/Cezai 3588mb 1
Characteristics: 334 p. : ill.


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Mar 08, 2017

Wonderful read -- evocative, interesting characters, and a great way to learn about Jamaican history. Take it with you on holiday!

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