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A Tall History of Sugar

Audiobook
Fiction: Romance
Unabridged   14 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/29/2019

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A Tall History of Sugar

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684572687
Digital Download ISBN:9781684572694

Summary

A Tall History of Sugar tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was "born without skin," so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance.

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A Tall History of Sugar tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was "born without skin," so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance.

The narrative begins with Moshe's birth in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica's independence from colonial rule, and ends in the era of what Forbes calls "the fall of empire," the era of Brexit and Donald Trump. The historical trajectory layers but never overwhelms the scintillating love story as the pair fight to establish their own view of loving, against the moral force of the colonial "plantation" and its legacies that continue to affect their lives and the lives of those around them.

Written in lyrical, luminous prose that spans the range of Jamaican Englishes, this remarkable story follows the couple's mysterious love affair from childhood to adulthood, from the haunted environs of rural Jamaica to the city of Kingston, and then to England—another haunted locale in Forbes's rendition.

Reviews/Praise

"A fascinating post-colonial blend of romance, social history, and myth." —Booklist Starred Review

"Opening in the late 1950s in Jamaica, ending in the present, and tracing a mysterious love affair, this story follows Moshe Fisher, a man born with a unique skin condition, and his soul mate, Arrienne Christie, who makes it her duty to protect him."—Publishers Weekly, Fall 2019 Adult Announcements (Literary Fiction)

Author Bio

Curdella Forbes is a Jamaican writer who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, and teaches at Howard University. Her books include A Permanent Freedom, Flying with Icarus, and Ghosts.