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A million aunties : a novel

by McKenzie, Alecia, 1960-

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 7 copies
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Summary

American-born artist Chris is forced to reconsider his own concept of "family" during a visit to his mother's Caribbean homeland.

"Alecia McKenzie's tender new novel [is] an emotionally resonant ode to adopted families and community resilience."
-- New York Times Book Review , Editors' Choice

Shortlisted for the 2020 Caribbean Readers' Awards (Best Adult Novel)!

"Delightfully original, this novel centers Chris, an American who travels to his mother's homeland of Jamaica to reflect and heal after tragedy strikes. What he encounters is unexpected, complicated and, perhaps, just what he needs."
-- Ms. Magazine

"Emotional, enthralling and heartfelt...A story of loss and the infinite types of love."
-- Woman's World

"Have you ever not wanted a book to end? Were disappointed that the characters are gone from your life? A Million Aunties by Alecia McKenzie is one such novel that makes you yearn for more."
-- New York Journal of Books

"Racial identity, nonfamilial relationships, and the restorative nature of art are all explored as McKenzie considers the possibility of regeneration of the human spirit even as we grapple with the tragedies of lost loves and changing worlds. McKenzie successfully integrates various speech patterns in Caribbean patois and a mixture of English and French as she takes readers on a hopeful journey across continents."
-- Booklist , STARRED review, a Best New Book of the Week

"Thoroughly satisfying...This bighearted narrative of love, loss, and family is handled with grace and beauty."
-- Publishers Weekly , STARRED review

" A Million Aunties is an exquisite novel about beauty and pain, and what binds us together. Through captivating character studies, quiet lovely writing and deceptively simple storytelling, McKenzie illuminates basic commonalities and rethinks what family and home mean."
-- Shelf Awareness

"The beauty and brilliance of Blackness in the diaspora take centerstage in Alecia McKenzie's A Million Aunties, showcasing the intricate textures of identity, place, and connection to survive loss."
-- Colors of Influence

"Full of wondrous tales of how simple acts of kindness can bring us all together, A Million Aunties is a compelling book about unlikely love, friendship, and community, sprinkled with delightful surprises along the way."
-- Exclusive Magazine

"A beautiful book for anyone who knows there is more to family than blood relations. After losing his wife, NYC artist Chris travels to his mother's hometown in Jamaica and contemplates his place in the world."
-- Book Culture

After a personal tragedy upends his world, American-born artist Chris travels to his mother's homeland in the Caribbean hoping to find some peace and tranquility. He plans to spend his time painting in solitude and coming to terms with his recent loss and his fractured relationship with his father. Instead, he discovers a new extended and complicated "family." The people he meets help him to heal, even as he supports them in unexpected ways. Told from different points of view, this is a compelling novel about unlikely love, friendship, and community, with surprises along the way.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "One character in McKenzie's novel identifies himself as a terrien, "citizen of Earth," as he talks about being an Algerian in France but feeling neither French nor North African, a sentiment shared by others in this tale of journeys. As the story meanders from Firenze, Alabama, to New York City and Jamaica to Paris, it is filled with characters who become a global family for American-born artist Chris, who travels to Jamaica, his mother's island, to quietly paint and mourn for his wife. McKenzie uses multiple points of view to portray a strong cast of characters, including Chris' friend and agent, Stephen, his Auntie D, his father, and Miss Pretty. The writing is evocative, capturing vivid details in descriptions of a ride on a new highway to Kaya Bay and Chris's feelings when he sees Monet's Camille sur son lit de mort, scenes finely balanced, with brisk storytelling that makes each character's experiences engrossing. Racial identity, nonfamilial relationships, and the restorative nature of art are all explored as McKenzie considers the possibility of regeneration of the human spirit even as we grapple with the tragedies of lost loves and changing worlds. McKenzie successfully integrates various speech patterns in Caribbean patois and a mixture of English and French as she takes readers on a hopeful journey across continents."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Artists -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
West Indies -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Brooklyn, New York :2020
Language English
Description 196 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781617758928
1617758922
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