We have started a book club and anyone can join !
Word Up is our celebration and exploration of Contemporary Caribbean Literature where we read a book per season . As we move into sunnier and brighter days it is now time to announce our Spring 2016 selection .
Naomi Jackson’s The Star Side Of Bird Hill is our second book choice for Word Up ! You have until May 14th to purchase ( Amazon , Barnes & Noble and Paper Based Bookshop in Trinidad ) and the deadline for completion is Sunday, July 10th .
If you are not resident in London and finish ahead of time then all you have to do is send in your review ( we LOVE film so please feel free to send in a video capture ) to us so that we can share at the London meet up on 10th July ( details on that soon come ) . If you are camera shy then we are happy to accept written reviews too . The most important thing here is that your voice is included in the conversation .
We start reading on Sunday , May 15th so go source your book and get ready for an epic transatlantic adventure .
Synopsis : This lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, age 10 and 16, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister Dionne live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother, Hyacinth. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life. This tautly-paced coming of age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family.