by Ross, Leone, 1969-

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"Bold, iridescent... Dazzling and shocking... Ross's lyrical, rhythmic writing is something to be savored... [Her] voice sings out loud and pure."
--Eowyn Ivey, The New York Times Book Review

An uproarious, sensual novel, Leone Ross's Popisho conjures a world where magic is everywhere, food is fate, politics are broken, and love awaits.

Everyone in Popisho was born with a little something-something, boy, a little something extra . The local name was cors. Magic, but more than magic. A gift, nah? Yes. From the gods: a thing so inexpressibly your own.

Somewhere far away--or maybe right nearby--lies an archipelago called Popisho. A place of stunning beauty and incorrigible mischief, destiny and mystery, it is also a place in need of change.

Xavier Redchoose is the macaenus of his generation, anointed by the gods to make each resident one perfect meal when the time is right. Anise, his long-lost love, is on a march toward reckoning with her healing powers. The governor's daughter, Sonteine, still hasn't come into her cors, but her corrupt father is demanding the macaenus make a feast for her wedding. Meanwhile, graffiti messages from an unknown source are asking hard questions. A storm is brewing. Before it comes, before the end of the day, this wildly imaginative narrative will take us across the islands, through their history, and into the lives of unforgettable characters.

Leone Ross's Popisho is a masterful delight: a playful love story, a portrait of community, a boldly sensual meditation on desire and addiction, and a critique of the legacies of corruption and colonialism. Inspired by the author's Jamaican homeland, inflected with rhythms and textures of an amalgam of languages, it is a dazzling, major work of fiction.

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Booklist Review: "The wondrous archipelago of Popisho is a place of magic, from the extraordinary powers of its denizens to the rich tapestry woven from its vividly imagined landscape, traditions, and culture. Emulating the best practitioners of magical realism, Ross takes us beyond normal experience and convinces us of the otherworldly cooking powers of Xavier, the healing energy of Anise, and the lie-detecting abilities of Zaza. Sonteine Intiasar's wedding day and Xavier's conscription by the governor to provide a wedding feast set the plot into motion and it quickly expands to embrace many stories. Tears mix with laughter as we learn about death, infidelity, corruption, truth, desire, and love. The strangeness of the fate of the island women's "pum-pums" (vaginas), Xavier's addiction, the obeah women's roles, and the veiled critique of colonialism are all elements within this expansive weaving, which is held together so effectively by Ross' creative use of language and gripping characterizations. Passing reminders of the works of Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Alice Walker serve to establish Ross firmly in the global storytelling tradition of bold and beautiful narratives that demand much of the reader, but deliver the promised prize of a stirring literary experience."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ross (Orange Laughter) draws on her Jamaican ancestry for a vibrant story of sensual characters and awe-inspiring, sometimes hilarious magic (or, as it's known on the ferocious island chain of Popisho, "cors"). In this small fictional country, each person is born with a special cors ("A gift, nah? Yes. From the gods: a thing so inexpressibly your own," Ross writes). Xavier Redchoose is divinely chosen to cook each person a perfect, individualized meal; Anise Latibeaudearre, Xavier's long-lost love, is a healer; Romanza, son of the governor who exiled him for being gay, lives in a tree on the Dead Islands and can detect lies; Sonteine, the governor's daughter, is the only woman yet to receive her cors. Xavier, on the anniversary of his wife's death, is tasked to prepare a special meal for Sonteine's upcoming wedding. Xavier, however, detests such elitism: he prepares meals at random, not according to privilege. As the governor's corruption becomes more evident, the land itself revolts, sending the people of Popisho into odd, disorienting chaos, intertwining the lives of many and exposing a fermenting class revolution. Though the novel suffers from long, laborious exposition, Ross's joyous imagining of a peoples' power goes a long way to redeeming the narrative doldrums. This fresh take on magical realism delivers the goods. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Magic -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2021
Edition First American edition.
Language English
Description 471 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780374602451
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