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In the wake of Marlon James' Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, Augustown - set in the backlands of Jamaica - is a magical and haunting novel of one woman's struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.

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 running through her. While they wait for his 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.

©2016 Kei Miller (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Beautifully written. Captivating story. Narration excellent. Felt such nostalgia with the detailed descriptions of Jamaican life.

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Brilliant Novel

I have Taught Caribbean literature at a university, and I think this is one of the very best new novels from this area. It is one of the best novels I have read this year: beautifully written, with memorable characters, humor, Pathos, tragedy, set in a very rich Caribbean setting. This author is one of the very best. I highly recommend this book. Edward Hower

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Best book I've read in a long time

This book touched my soul on so many levels. It was beautifully written. It took me through so many emotions, and it's crazy to think that all these events took place in one day. This will forever be one of my favorite books.

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Beautiful

Beautifully lyric and mind expanding. As amusing, at times, as heartbreaking. A great and memorable novel.

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A mosaic of Jamacia...

...comes to life through the authors deeply constructed character life and and visceral language to veiw his island. Through the deeprooted spirituality of Jamacia and rastafari lore, Miller's naritive of seemingly mundane life and old memories of Augustown rises up and becomes ethereal.