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Title:
Pepperpot : best new stories from the Caribbean.
Publication Information:
Brooklyn, NY : Peekash Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
221 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The whale house / Sharon Millar -- The science of salvation / Dwight Thompson -- Cheque Mate / Kevin Baldeosingh -- This thing we call love / Ivory Kelly -- A good Friday / Barbara Jenkins -- All the secret things no one ever knows / Sharon Leach -- Amelia at Devil's Bridge / Joanne C. Hillhouse -- Waywardness / Ezekel Alan -- And the virgin's name was Leah / Heather Barker -- Mango Summer / Janice Lynn Mather -- Berry / Kimmisha Thomas -- The monkey trap / Kevin Jared Hosein -- Father, father / Garfield Ellis
ISBN:
9781617752711
Format :
Book

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"This wonderful anthology of fresh voices from the Caribbean...includes writers from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. The diverse textures of the stories by 13 established and new authors weave a tapestry of the islands, water, sand, ocean breeze, and rum. Vivid settings serve as backdrops for a dazzling display of personalities."
-- Booklist

"The wonder in these stories is that they show Caribbean culture--the people, sounds, food, and music...this book will appeal to readers of Caribbean fiction and beyond."
-- Library Journal

"One of my favorite reads of the last few months...sophisticated and engrossing...A big recommendation today for one and all."
-- Chicago Center for Literature & Photography

"[ Pepperpot ] leaps headfirst into audacious narrative water, sustaining a diversity in storytelling that's indicative of the panoply of ways to love, sin, and write about it, in these our unpredictable, conjoined societies."
-- Caribbean Beat Magazine

"Readers are in for a treat when they open the pages to taste the mélange of literary Caribbean cuisine. Spicy and filling!"
-- The Gleaner (Jamaica), "Sizzling Books for Summer Reading"

"If you want a masterclass in how to start your stories with a bang, this is the book for you....This is an exciting and heartening book. It proves--if anyone was in any doubt--that the Caribbean has plenty of homegrown literary talent to draw upon."
-- A Year of Reading the World (Book of the Month for August 2014)

"Take Pepperpot along on vacation. It's an ideal summer read."
-- La Bloga

" Pepperpot is an eclectic mix of adventure, humor, the spirit world, family relationships, and other subject matters which gives you something to think about."
-- Ski-wee's Book Corner

Featuring a preface by Olive Senior.

Includes the 2013 Commonwealth Prize-winning story "The Whale House" by Sharon Millar.

Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, two of the foremost publishers of Caribbean literature, launch a joint Caribbean-focused imprint, Peekash Press, with this anthology. Consisting entirely of brand-new stories by authors living in the region (not simply authors from the region), this collection gathers the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, including a mix of established and up-and-coming writers from islands throughout the Caribbean.

Featuring these brand-new stories:

"The Whale House" by Sharon Millar (Trinidad & Tobago)
"A Good Friday" by Barbara Jenkins (Trinidad & Tobago)
"Reversal of Fortunes" by Kevin Baldeosingh (Trinidad & Tobago)
"The Monkey Trap" by Kevin Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago)
"The Science of Salvation" by Dwight Thompson (Jamaica)
"Waywardness" by Ezekel Alan (Jamaica)
"Berry" by Kimmisha Thomas (Jamaica)
"Father, Father" by Garfield Ellis (Jamaica)
"All the Secret Things No-One Ever Knows" by Sharon Leach (Jamaica)
"This Thing We Call Love" by Ivory Kelly (Belize)
"And the Virgin's Name Was Leah" by Heather Barker (Barbados)
"Amelia" by Joanne Hillhouse (Antigua & Barbuda)
"Mango Summer" by Janice Lynn Mather (Bahamas)

and others!


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This wonderful anthology of fresh voices from the Caribbean is a commingling of minds in every sense: Six Partners Commonwealth Writers and the British Council invited Brooklyn's Akashic Books and Leeds, England's Peepal Tree Press to the Kingston Book Festival in 2013, and over a few beers, we (Johnny Temple from Akashic and Jeremy Poynting from Peepal Tree) agreed that we would work together. This vivid collection includes writers from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. The diverse textures of the stories by 13 established and new authors weave a tapestry of the islands, water, sand, ocean breeze, and rum. Vivid settings serve as backdrops for a dazzling display of personalities. The Commonwealth Prize-winning story, The Whale House, by Sharon Millar, sets the tone: Sometimes after heavy rain, stones clatter lightly on the roof as the soil shifts and moves behind the house. Her parents' ashes are buried here in the rocky, flinty, soil, but Laura and Mark scatter the baby's ashes in the ocean.--Eleveld, Mark Copyright 2014 Booklist


Library Journal Review

When Commonwealth Writers and the British Council invited Akashic Books of Brooklyn and Peepal Tree of England to the Kingston Book Festival, literary history began. The publishers jointly formed Peekash Press, which focuses on Caribbean literature. The imprint's first book is this collection of short stories by writers both novice and established who are originally from the region or living there; the authors hail from Belize, Antigua, and Barbados, among other nations. The pieces are as diverse in subject and in style as their creators. Dwight Thompson's "The Science of Salvation" tells the tale of a violent criminal who finds salvation because a single person, his childhood friend, never judges him for his misdeeds. Kimmisha Thomas's "Berry" portrays a lesbian couple who discover the courage to come out despite hostility. -Ezekel Alan's "Waywardness" ends tragically but is finely written as the narrator discusses the free yet dangerous life that his cousin lives. The wonder in these stories is that they show Caribbean culture-the people, sounds, food, and music. VERDICT Like Alex Wheatle's Island Songs, this book will appeal to readers of Caribbean fiction and beyond.-Ashanti White, Yelm, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.