How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House (Hardback)Cherie Jones (author)
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A multi-generational novel of rare skill and precision, Jones’s full-length fiction debut focuses on a Barbados where poverty and misogyny lurk under the surface and where a cautionary folk tale takes on multiple meanings for three very different women.
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021
In Baxter's Beach, Barbados, Lala's grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister, a cautionary tale about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers.
For Wilma, it's the story of a wilful adventurer, who ignores the warnings of those around her, and suffers as a result.
When Lala grows up, she sees it offers hope - of life after losing a baby in the most terrible of circumstances and marrying the wrong man.
And Mira Whalen? It's about keeping alive, trying to make sense of the fact that her husband has been murdered, and she didn't get the chance to tell him that she loved him after all.
How the One-armed Sister Sweeps Her House is the powerful, intense story of three marriages, and of a beautiful island paradise where, beyond the white sand beaches and the wealthy tourists, lies poverty, menacing violence and the story of the sacrifices some women make to survive.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 533 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 32 mm
'A hard-hitting and unflinching novel from a bold new writer who tackles head-on the brutal extremes of patriarchal abuse; - Bernardine Evaristo
'[this]crime-riddled atmospheric debut has a multiracial, multigenerational cast who are brilliantly and even-handedly portrayed' - The Sunday Times
'An extraordinarily hard-hitting and evocative novel that packs a tremendous punch with its repercussions of generational trauma, pin-sharp characterisations and strong sense of place' - The Daily Mail
'Intensely compelling...You are ensnared in a web with these characters and their trauma; their claustrophobia becomes your own. It's a startling achievement. There is very little light in this novel, but what shines through instead is a pitiless truth that stays with you long after the story ends' - The Guardian
'Set in Barbados, this novel unflinchingly explores the violence, trauma and sadness of its characters but is written with total beauty and insight. These people won't leave you any time soon and marks Cherie Jones as a writer of immense power' - Stylist
'Here is a bright new star. Cherie Jones has talent abounding, drawing us with skill, delicacy and glorious style into a vortex of Bajan lives on the edge, clashing across class and colour divides. This is one of the strongest, most assured and heart-wrenching debuts I have ever read' - Diana Evans
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The intriguingly named “How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House” by Cherie Jones is one powerful and raw debut novel, that is both heart wrenching and brutal and not for the faint hearted.
Set in Baxter’s Beach... More
“What. A. Debut.”
This is not an easy or comfortable read. Jones’ incredibly hard-hitting novel digs deep into the generational trauma and misogyny experienced by many of the main characters in this story — with triggers around... More
Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars rounded down.
This book is heart breaking. So much pain, hurt and misery set in what to many is consider paradise when... More
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