Review published on November 21, 2017.
This is an insightful and compelling read surrounding a family in Jamaica.
The story focuses on three women from the same family who are all trying to find their own feet in order to make their lives better. Despite initially sharing a common goal, the women find themselves wanting and doing things that they had never envisioned.
I did enjoy reading this book but never really found myself in that ‘cant put this book down’ mind frame. The characters were all strong and each one certainly contributed well to the story, with really gritty and interesting back stories and the locations easy to imagine. For me, I think I found that there was a very long build up to the climax and then it fell a bit flat and rushed. Plus I would have loved to have properly found out what happened to each character at the end.
Generally, I found the book to be well written and extremely easy to follow. Some of the dialogue is written in patois and because I have family from Jamaica I found it relatively easy to read and understand. Unfortunately I can’t be sure that I would have found it that easy if I hadn’t previously been around patois.
Whilst this was a very pleasant and thought provoking read, I probably wouldn’t rush to recommend it.
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Oneworld Publications 9781786071248 hbk Mar 2017
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