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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 05/02/2009
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From the WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION 2014, a 'humorous, bittersweet fiction, combin[ing] the fantastical realism of Marquez with the domestic comedy of Andrea Levy' INDEPENDENT

It all begins with the theft of Tessa Walcott's panties...

After the hurricane of 1974, Jamaica is devastated. Imelda Richardson is sent to England, without a place to stay or a plan of what to do. Luckily sheis taken in by Purletta Johnson, a member of the ex-pat bourgeoisie who has decided to become more Jamaican than any Jamaican: sucking her teeth, sporting a gold tooth, and growing ganja on her balcony.

But when her mother dies Imelda returns to Jamaica. When Tessa Walcott's panties are stolen, she and Imelda set up a Neighbourhood Watch. But they haven't counted on Pastor Braithwaite who denounces them in Church. The church-goers turn on Imelda, and when the river suddenly floods her home it is seen as a punishment from God. A Pentecostal fervour sweeps through the village of Watersgate, fuelled by Evangelist Millie. In her last great crusade, Miss Millie organises 'fire to burn their sins away', equipping the villagers with kerosene as they set about burning everything. Now they are marching on the gay man's house and only Imelda can save him.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753823118
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 136 x 201 x 20 mm

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“The Same Earth”

The Same Earth is a beautifully written story about life in a little village in Jamaica called Watersgate. The central character, Imelda Richardson, was one of the many people who migrated from the Caribbean to... More

Paperback edition
29th January 2009
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“The Same Earth”

Easy read with great characters, a enjoyable storyline. A pleasure to read.

Paperback edition
10th April 2012
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“The Same Earth”

This is a delightful read. From the rustic charm of parochial Watersgate to the sprawling concrete jungle of 1970s England, Kei Miller hitchhikes us onto Imelda Richardson's journey to far away lands and back... More

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29th January 2009
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