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A Million Aunties

Alecia McKenzie

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'A Million Aunties is an elegantly-written and emotionally engrossing work of fiction' Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Seeking solitude after a personal tragedy upends his world, American-born artist Chris, travels to his mother's homeland, Jamaica, in a bid to find peace. He expects to spend his time painting in solitude, coming to terms with his loss and the fractured relationship with his father. Instead, he discovers a new extended and complicated "family" with their own startling stories, including a love triangle.

The people he meets help him to heal and he supports them in unexpected ways, through his art. Told from different points of view, this compelling novel about unlikely love, friendship, and community, with several surprises along the way, takes place against the backdrop of rural Jamaica, New York City and Paris.

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Praise for A Million Aunties

  • Alecia McKenzie's tender new novel is an emotionally resonant ode to adopted families and community resilience - New York Times

  • This big-hearted narrative of love, loss and family is handled with grace and beauty

  • A Million Aunties is an elegantly-written and emotionally engrossing work of fiction

  • Under her deceptively revealing title, Alecia McKenzie recreates Jamaica's enduring traditions in fresh and illuminating ways that make this one of the most avant garde fictions I have read in a long time

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