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Frying plantain : stories

by Reid-Benta, Zalika,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Beechview Fiction FICTION Reid-Benta
Location  CLP - Beechview
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FICTION Reid-Benta
CLP - Brookline Fiction FICTION Reid-Benta
Location  CLP - Brookline
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FICTION Reid-Benta
CLP - East Liberty Fiction Collection FICTION Reid-Benta
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Reid-Benta
CLP - Hazelwood Fiction Collection FICTION Reid-Benta
Location  CLP - Hazelwood
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Reid-Benta
CLP - Lawrenceville Fiction Collection FICTION Reid-Benta
Location  CLP - Lawrenceville
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Reid-Benta
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Short Stories FICTION Reid-Benta
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Short Stories
Call Number  FICTION Reid-Benta
CLP - Squirrel Hill Fiction Collection FICTION Reid-Benta
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Reid-Benta
Moon Township Public Library Fiction F REID Zalika
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F REID Zalika

Set in the neighbourhood of "Little Jamaica," Frying Plantain follows a girl from elementary school to high school graduation as she navigates the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation immigrants experiencing first-generation cultural expectations, and Black identity in a predominantly white society.

Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle -- of her North American identity and her desire to be a "true" Jamaican, of her mother and grandmother's rages and life lessons, of having to avoid being thought of as too "faas" or too "quiet" or too "bold" or too "soft." In these twelve interconnected stories, we see Kara on a visit to Jamaica, startled by the sight of a severed pig's head in her great-aunt's freezer; in junior high, the victim of a devastating prank by her closest friends; and as a teenager in and out of her grandmother's house, trying to cope with ongoing battles of unyielding authority.

A rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds, Frying Plantain shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn to something much darker.

Pig head
Snow day
Fiah Kitty
Brandon & Sheila
Standoff - Lovely
Faith community
Frying plantain.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Though Kara was born in Canada, her family is Jamaican, living in Toronto's Little Jamaica section. These 12 interrelated stories examine Kara's life from when she was 10, and deemed too soft by her grandmother, to age 19, when she is a university student. While most of the stories are told in Kara's first-person voice, sharing slices of life, her mother and grandmother loom large. Both women are highly opinionated and short-tempered, their relationship fraught with angry altercations, which Kara faithfully records, noting that "peace could only exist in this family when we lied about everything, at least to each other." She is a natural storyteller, as when, at 10, she recounts to her rapt classmates having seen a pig's frozen head while on a trip to Jamaica. The experience becomes more elaborate with each retelling. Many of her stories, however, are low-key, recounting coming-of-age moments: her first kiss, her first experience of sex, to which she submits, she writes, to know if she can feel anything. Like Kara, Reid-Benta is a natural storyteller; her prose is straightforward and unadorned except, perhaps, when she shares the grandmother's voice in its use of Jamaican patois. Her characterizations are acute, bringing her characters to vivid life. Her first book, this splendid collection marks her as a writer to watch."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Reid-Benta's heartfelt debut collection of linked stories, a girl grows up in Toronto while coming to terms with her heritage. On a trip to Jamaica at age 10, Kara screams after finding a pig's severed head in her great-aunt's icebox. Back home, she brags to her classmates that she was the one who slaughtered it. Each story introduces a new uncomfortable situation while advancing along the timeline of Kara's life. In "Snow Day," Kara tries on a patois ("Yuh run yuh mouth too much") and receives taunts from her middle school peers for "Ja-fakin' it." In "Lovely," she lands her first job and loses her virginity at 17. In "Celebration," Kara and her mother, Eloise, get drunk together for the first time on the eve of her high school graduation, while in "Drunk," she and her friends party harder, leading to Kara throwing up in front of Eloise. Along the way, strong characters emerge, including Eloise, a sharp, overbearing woman who wants nothing more than to see her daughter succeed; and Kara's churchgoing grandmother, Nana, who shows her affection through cooking for the whole family. Reid-Benta makes good use of the episodic form, artfully blending Kara's wit and distance with startling vulnerability as she tracks Kara's thought processes and desires. This heralds a notable new voice. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Series Astoria (Series)
Subjects Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Cultural awareness -- Fiction.
Toronto (Ont.) -- Fiction.
Jamaica -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher [Toronto, Ontario] :2019
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Notes Short stories.
Description 258 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781487005344
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