Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas.
At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman - fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves - must confront long-hidden scars.
From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.
©2016 Nicole Dennis-Benn (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Oftentimes the best way to tell the truth is through fiction. There are many truths about the real Jamaica in this brilliantly written novel. I couldn't put this book down and bought both the eBook and the Audiobook to ensure continuity. Like many audiobooks narrated by non-Jamaicans, the narrator stumbled on a quite a few nuanced pronunciations that provided context to the story. The narration was otherwise quite good. The publishers and authors should insist on giving their works an authentic accent going forward as other Jamaican audiobooks are similarly flawed. Overall a fascinating story and a great read read.
Now that this book is finished! It is a very raw and uncensored image of post colonial Jamaica. There are so many layers to this story and the characters; I never knew what would happen next. Great read! Very well read by Bahni as well
As a Jamaican, I was excited to listen to this book. The struggles, the politics I can understand and in some ways relate to. However, I felt that too much time was spent developing the story only for it to end so abruptly. I thought more would happen. Also, the narration was pretty bad. I understand the need to reach a wide audience but the narrator's mispronunciations were insufferable. Robin Miles would have made for more convincing narration.
As a native Jamaican, I found the accent to be off with the narrator. This really bothered me initially and I had to set those thoughts aside to enjoy what was a great story. There were specific examples of emphasis on certain syllables not being as "sharp" as needed. Jamaican Patois is not as soft as other West Indian dialects.
I enjoyed this book.aThere were a few twists and turns. Was a little disappointed with the end.
I am a very cerebral person and a voracious reader. I am usually listening to something while simultaneously reading something on Kindle.
This story pulls you in from the first word. The story is good, the main characters are well developed and the narration is flawless. The accent and pronunciations were also spotted on.
The author really pulls you in with a tale of abuse, colorism, sexual abuse, and general child abuse. Most of the characters are damaged and have few redeeming qualities. One character Thandi gives the reader hope she has broken the cycle of pathology in her family. The other main characters Margot and Delores despite their backgrounds of abuse are two of the worst human beings on earth.
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