Welcome back, Nerds!
A new week means a new literary adventure, and this week we are heading to the homeland of the iconic Bob Marley: Jamaica. A culture so diverse and lively on its own; with its people, language and most definitely its books.
Here are five books by Jamaican authors that you don’t want to miss!
Read on to discover some great books and tell us in the comments below if you will be reading any of them!
August Town by Kei Miller | Goodreads
This novel is a miniature of Jamaica; its history, culture, people, and folklore. It has a set of unique characters; no one has too small of a role or too big. They are different in many things, they are not related directly to each other, but they all make a thread that connects them all together. With his poetic lyricism, Miller excels in immersing the reader in the Jamaican culture and its history.
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James | Goodreads
Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction is a vivid, violent, difficult, gripping, disturbing and most of all; real story. This book will rile your emotions, will make you angry but it will make you understand. A not to be missed and a must read on 18th century slavery. Rape
Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair | Goodreads
Mixed with some Shakespearean allusions, the Jamaican-American poet uses her black female persona as she uncovers the reality of colonialism, racism, and patriarchy. It’s poetic, lyrical, and provocative; you won’t be able to put it down.
The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Goodreads
Nicola Yoon established herself as a powerful figure in the YA world with her debut Everything, Everything. And in The Sun is Also a Star, she 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.
Waiting in Vain by Colin Channer | Goodreads
Feeling a little romantic?! Want some easy read and a little bit of romance? Then this book is for you! Channer’s Waiting in Vain is vivid, wild, and alive with love, relationships and the things we desire. Fun fact: The book is actually named after Bob Marley’s song from his album Exodus.