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Augustown

Narrated by: Dona Croll
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Ma Taffy may be blind, but she sees everything. So when her great-nephew, Kaia, comes home from school in tears, what she senses sends a deep fear through her.

While they wait for Kaia's mama to come home from work, Ma Taffy recalls the story of the flying preacherman and a great thing that did not happen. A poor suburban sprawl in the Jamaican heartland, Augustown is a place where many things that should happen don't, and plenty of things that shouldn't happen do. For the story of Kaia leads back to another momentous day in Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari and the desire for a better life.

Augustown is a novel about inequality and aspiration, memory and myth and the connections between people which can transcend these things but not always change them. It is a window onto a moment in Jamaican history when the people sought to rise up above their lives and shine.

©2016 Kei Miller (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Loved it.

I'm not big on reviews, but this story and the performance combined are exquisite and wonderful. You feel the heat of midday and the cool of the breeze in the Jamaican evening on your skin while listening. Imagine yourself there, surrounded by people living their lives and telling you their stories. A great book and an amazing experience.

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Marvelous Story!

I could not stop listening!! The story gripped me...the melodious Jamaican accent adds flavor to the already gripping story!
I found myself gasping at several points through the story and the intricate lines wound around themselves and the commonalities between the different characters in the story were revealed!
Definitely a book I’ll listen to again!