It would be remiss of me if I didn’t talk about Caribbean books you can give as gifts this Christmas. If you read my previous article, I wrote about why books are the best Christmas Gifts.
This weekend I spent a considerable amount of time browsing bookstores in Port of Spain and ticking persons off my Christmas List. I made sure to stick with authors from the Caribbean and I found I had ton of options for everyone on my list. Here are five Caribbean books you can give as gift this Christmas.
DEW ANGELS, Melanie Schwapp
This beautiful coming of age story is the perfect gift for the teenager on your list. This novel shows how our main character navigates a world where the card seems to be stacked against her. Melanie Schwapp wrote a character that is haunting, resilient, a fighter, and the overall embodiment of a true Jamaican woman.
We see friendships being tested, relationships being formed, we experience betrayal, love and in some parts sorrow.
THE BOOK OF NIGHT WOMEN, Marlon James
This book is for the mature reader on your list, someone who loves a great historical fiction story.
In The Book Of Night Women Marlon James shows why he is a master storyteller by bringing to life strong female leads who led a revolution in a plantation in Jamaica. I have read this book twice and it is on my list of favorite Caribbean novels.
SECRETS WE KEPT: THREE WOMEN OF TRINIDAD, Krystal A. Sital
In this deeply moving, poignant memoir Krystal Sital gives her Grandmother and Mother the voice they did not have. When Krystal’s Grandpa who she idolizes falls into coma, only then is she told the full extent of her Grandfather’s past deeds.
With the backdrop of lush and beautiful Trinidad and Tobago, this memoir showcases women overcoming hurt, abuse and finding their voice in the most beautiful way. I strongly recommend picking this up the mothers and grandmothers on your list.
AUGUSTOWN, Kei Miller
A mix of historical fiction with a bit of magical realism, Augustown as the name suggests is set in August Town Jamaica.
We meet Kaia a young boy who senses something is wrong but does not know exactly how to convey it. His Grandma, Ma Taffy, an expert storyteller crafts a tale that takes us on an unforgettable journey.
PAIN TREE, Olive Senior
Pain Tree is a collection of short stories written by expert storyteller Olive Senior. This is one of the top Caribbean reads for 2018, I was astounding at how captivating each story was.
A perfect gift for anyone who loves reading but does not have a long attention span. If you are looking to meet interesting and off the pages characters, this is a perfect pick.
There you have it, five Caribbean books that covers different themes and genres fit for every person on your list.
Cindy Allman is a Caribbean Girl Reading the World. A Jamaican living in Trinidad & Tobago, she is a top Goodreads reviewer and hopes to inspire you with her passion for books. Follow her at www.bookofcinz.com or @bookofcinz on Twitter and Instagram.