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Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/02/2019


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Audio CD ISBN:9781684416622
Digital Download ISBN:9781684416639


The award-winning author of City of Bones presents his latest work.

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Product Description

When Ferron Morgan's father dies in suspicious circumstances, his trauma is exacerbated by the conflict within his family and among his father's friends over whether the death was the result of medical negligence or if it was a political assassination. Ferron grew up in awe of his father's radical political endeavors, but in later years he watched as the resurgence of the political right in the Caribbean in the 1980s robbed the man of his faith.

Ferron's response to the death is further complicated by guilt, particularly over his failure to protect his fiancée from a brutal assault. He begins to investigate the direction of his life with great intensity, in particular his instinct to keep moving on and running from trouble.

This is a sharply focused portrayal of Jamaica at a tipping point in its recent past, in which the private grief and trauma condenses a whole society's scarcely understood sense of temporariness and dislocation.


“His [Bennett] solemn yet energetic intonation reflects the political upheaval on this small island. When he is portraying the story's female characters, his voice has a higher pitch.” —AudioFile

"An examination of grief and politics in a deftly written novel set in 1980s Jamaica...Astonishing prose." —Kirkus Reviews

"With...dreamlike sequences, this is best suited for readers who enjoy character studies as well as lovers of Jamaican fiction." —Booklist

Author Bio

Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty-one books of poetry as well as numerous collections of fiction, criticism, and essays, and is the editor of more than a dozen anthologies. His awards include the Forward Poetry Prize, the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, the Musgrave Silver Medal, several Pushcart Prizes, and an Emmy Award.