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No Telephone to Heaven by Michelle Cliff
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May 04, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: immigrant-fiction, favorite-books, favorites

One of those authors you've never heard of but who utterly captures the essence of their homeland. In this case, the turbulent politics and revolutions of Jamaica, as well as the equally turbulent and dangerous line of being half white half black in 50's America.

The fears of post colonial Jamaica are captured lyrically, bravely, and in suspenseful prose by Cliff, who weaves past and present together seamlessly. If you like Zadie Smith, you might want to try this. The flashbacks to the 50s are intriguing and the present story spellbinding as you see race and class tackled along with the author's intense ties to Jamaican history. It's a window into what privilege entails, and how some rather inspirational figures cut through the surface of poverty and injustice to become role models.

Also, it has a drag queen who wears a Wonder Woman cape. I won't spoil anything else, but I'm not ruining the plot by telling you that.
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