By Kei Miller
From Kei Miller, the winner of the 2014 Forward Prize, a magical and haunting novel set in the underbelly of Jamaica.
It is 11 April 1982 and a smell is coming down John Golding Road right alongside the boy-child, something attached to him, like a spirit but not quite. Ma Taffy is growing worried. She knows that something is going to happen. Something terrible is going to pour out into the world. But if she can hold it off for just a little bit longer, she will. So she asks a question that surprises herself even as she asks it, 'Kaia, I ever tell you bout the flying preacherman?'
Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. He has published two novels, several collections of poetry and a book of short stories published by Macmillan Caribbean, FEAR OF STONES, which was shortlisted for the COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK. In 2014, he won the prestigious FORWARD PRIZE FOR POETRY for his collection, THE CARTOGRAPHER TRIES TO MAP A WAY TO ZION. He teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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14 Jul 2016
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Driven by atmosphere more than plot, the language is as clear as spring water — OBSERVER
Richly nuanced and empathetic . . . a vivid modern fable — GUARDIAN
Like a wide-angled lens, Miller's novel fits much into a small frame - Augustown itself, Rastafari, gang and police violence, religious opposition to colonial rule - but still gives an impression of space — DAILY TELEGRAPH
Truly panoramic — SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Miller's storytelling is superb, its power coming from the seamless melding of the magical and the everyday, which gives his novel a significant fabular quality — Sunday Times