5 Books By Jamaican Authors You Should Read This Year

Reading maketh a man, or so they say! For the bookworms among us here are five notable works by Jamaican authors that you can add to your reading list for 2018.

1. The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

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The Book of Night Women is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they- and she-will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age they see her as the key to their plans.

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2. Augustown by Kei Miller


Set in the backlands of Jamaica, Augustown is a magical and haunting novel of one woman’s struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.

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3. Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair


Mixed with some Shakespearean allusions, the Jamaican-American poet uses her black female persona as she uncovers the reality of colonialism, racism, and patriarchy. The poems in Cannibal explore Jamaican childhood and history, race relations in America, womanhood, otherness, and exile. She evokes a home no longer accessible and a body at times uninhabitable, often mirrored by a hybrid Eve/Caliban figure.

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4. Waiting in Vain by Colin Channer


Meet Fire—Jamaican-born, charming, poetic, and talented—a man who vows never to play “love-is-blind” games again. Then he meets Sylvia, a beautiful magazine editor who keeps her passions under lock and key. Together they must choose between the love in their lives and the love of their lives.

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5. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon


In The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola begs the question; do opposites attract in real life as in physics?! Yoon brings a story of young love tangled with philosophical endeavors and existentialism. It sheds light on family, immigration, love, hope, and fate.

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