This story of innocence and experience heralds an exciting new voice in British Caribbean literature. It is about the relationship between children and the people who parent them, and what it can mean to have that relationship ripped away. It will touch the hearts and minds of readers worldwide and sit alongside classic coming-of age novels, from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre to Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple.
The Day I Fell Off My Island tells the story of Erna Mullings, a teenage Jamaican girl uprooted from her island following the sudden death of her beloved grandmother. When Erna is sent to England to be reunited with her siblings, she dreads leaving behind her elderly grandfather, and the only life she has ever known. A new future unfolds, in a strange country and with a mother she barely knows. The next decade will be a complex journey of estrangement and arrival, new beginnings and the uncovering of long-buried secrets.
Engrossing, courageous and psychologically insightful, this novel will speak to readers the world over, and especially those who have had to deal with the upheavals and transitions associated with moving to a new country or a new family.