by Diana McCaulay


by Diana McCaulay



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In the wake of her mother's death, Leigh McCaulay returns to Jamaica after fifteen years away in New York to find her estranged father and discover whether she has a place she can call home. Not least she must re-engage with the complexities of being white in a black country, of being called to account for the oppressive history of white slave owners and black slaves.
Interwoven with Leigh's return are the stories of two earlier arrivals, both from Scotland-- of the abolitionist Zachary Macaulay, who comes as a precocious youth of sixteen to work as a book-keeper on a sugar estate in 1786, and of John Macaulay who comes in 1886, a naive and sometimes self-deluding Baptist missionary, determined to bring light to the heathen.
For each of these arrivals there are discoveries to be made, often painful, about both Jamaica and themselves. Each much come to terms with the contradictions of a society immured in injustice, racial inequality and endemic violence; a landscape of heartbreaking beauty; and a people who endure with an unquenchable urge for independence.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015003765
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press
Publication date: 07/13/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 290
File size: 509 KB

About the Author

Diana McCaulay is a Jamaican writer, newspaper columnist and environmental activist. She has lived her entire life in Jamaica and engaged in a range of occupations � secretary, insurance execu-tive, racetrack steward, mid-life student, social commentator, environmental advocate. She is the Chief Executive of the Jamai�can Environment Trust and the recipient of the 2005 Euan P. McFarlane Award for Outstanding Environmental Leader�ship. Her first novel, Dog-Heart won first prize in the 2008 Jamaican National Literature awards.
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