The Day I Fell Off My Island

I finally learnt to ride a bicycle on my twenty-first birthday. It was an ambition I'd held from the age of thirteen, when I watched in awe and with a sense of envy as my teenage halfbrothers, shirts open, rode their bicycles fast and ...

Author: Yvonne Bailey-Smith

Publisher: Myriad Editions

ISBN: 9781912408962

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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'Striking...an unforgettable cast of characters you’d expect to find in the grandest work of fiction.'—Candice Carty-Williams ‘Juggling laughter and tears with every page, this remarkable journey of discovery tells of one young woman’s captivating search for self in a new and challenging environment.’—Margaret Busby ‘Brims with the pleasure of a story well-told, and with the command of a writer who is comfortable moving between the many registers of Jamaican English.’—Kwame Dawes ‘Beautiful, evocative and powerfully engaging. I loved this book.’—Francesca Martinez It’s 1969 and Erna Mullings has just arrived in London from Jamaica. Finding herself in a strange country, with a mother she barely recognises and a stepfather she despises, Erna is homesick, lost and lonely. But her life is about to change irrevocably. A story of reluctant immigration and the relationship between children and the people who parent them, The Day I Fell Off My Island is engrossing, courageous and psychologically insightful. Yvonne Bailey-Smith writes with great warmth and humanity as she explores estrangement, transition and, ultimately, the triumph of resilience and hope.

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