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Fruit of the Lemon

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by Andrea Levy

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From Andrea Levy, author of Small Island and winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Best of the Best Orange Prize, comes a story of one woman and two islands.

Faith Jackson knows little about her parents' lives before they moved to England. Happy to be starting her first job in the costume department at BBC television, and to be sharing a house

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Fruit of the Lemon 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Laineys_Daughter More than 1 year ago
I really really liked this book! It's fluid, interesting and easy to read. You get sucked into the story of Faith Jackson a Black British young woman with parents who emigrated from Jamaica. This is the story of Faith really discovering who she is and where she comes from. A completely relateable story as we all have that life defining experience when we stop and question, who am I really? Where did my family/ancestors come from? It's about Faith seeming to live in a sort of confusion or shadow of another's history until she is sent to Jamaica to her Aunt Coral to learn essentially who she really is and where her family came from. It's an amazing experience. She feels at home and suddenly culture shocked at not feeling so much the minority in a place where people look more like her. She gets her bearings and before she knows it it's time to go back to England. And..... the reader doesn't know what next? This is a great book and as an African American myself, I related to it on so many different levels. HOWEVER, the book was set up into three parts, England, Jamaica and England again. The author took such great detail engaging the reader in the first part of England, to turn the next page and see it is titled Jamaica, was exciting. Jamaica, started off as such a great adventure. The reader is right there on Faith's shoulder experiencing this sort of "going home" for the first time. The chapters are detailed with interludes featuring family trees and family history stories. The reader thinks, this is great! But then not sure if it was the author becoming tired with the writing of her own book or if there was some severe editing on the publishing level but it became extremely rushed. Details and names were compiled in a way that was confusing. There was less detail on Faith's experience in Jamaica, when it seems as this should have been the high point of the book. Faith was supposed to be discovering herself. There should have been an equal amount of detail as her life in England but there was not. This was disappointing. The only thing more disappointing was the fact that the last and third part of the book entitled England was one page. One page? The reader is left to guess at our main character's outcome once her plane hits British soil. The theme of this book seemed to be Faith's discovery of self but if it was rushed through the actual experience and then we know nothing about what happens when she goes back to the world she grew up in and how her discovery changed her...what was the whole point? Bright star..fizzled in the end. BUT still a good book.
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