How to Love a Jamaican

How to Love a JamaicanHow to Love a Jamaican: Stories by Alexia Arthurs
Published by Ballantine Books on July 24th 2018
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1524799203
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How to love a Jamaican is a collection of short stories which are as vibrant as the cover of the book itself! I won’t give a synopsis of the book, but I will tell you that this book is wonderfully written and engaging. The book focuses on Jamaicans living in both Jamaica and America. The book has themes such as family, culture, the harshness of life, Motherhood (and controlling mothers), self-discovery, sexuality, love, personal growth, insight, the immigrant experience, and coming home.

Years ago, I would have told you that I do not like short stories. I was not a fan. Then around two years ago, I had a change of heart and began reading them from time to time. I have found that I am enjoying short create interesting characters and his/her idiosyncrasies and draw the character into those characters world if only for a short period of time. I think this is the mark of a great storyteller. Obviously, there were stories in this book which I enjoyed more than others but as a whole, this book is captivating from beginning to end. Plus, am I the only person reading this book who did not know what salt fish was? Thee is a lot of cooking of salt fish in this book (a pregnant dog even helps herself to some!) and I am intrigued and will be on a mission to try some!

Thank you to Random House Publishing -Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this book are my own.


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