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How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: Shortlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction

Cherie Jones

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

SHORTLISTED for the 2021 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION. THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE is a powerful, heart-wrenching novel of a troubled island, of three marriages, and of the women who live, love and fight to survive.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

'Jones's atmospheric debut has a multiracial, multigenerational cast who are brilliantly and even-handedly portrayed' Sunday Times

'A hard-hitting and unflinching novel from a bold new writer' Bernardine Evaristo

'A bright new star. Cherie Jones draws us with skill, delicacy and glorious style into a vortex of Bajan lives on the edge' Diana Evans


In Baxter's Beach, Barbados, Lala's grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister, a cautionary tale about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers.

For Wilma, it's the story of a wilful adventurer, who ignores the warnings of those around her, and suffers as a result.

When Lala grows up, she sees it offers hope - of life after losing a baby in the most terrible of circumstances and marrying the wrong man.

And Mira Whalen? It's about keeping alive, trying to make sense of the fact that her husband has been murdered, and she didn't get the chance to tell him that she loved him after all.

HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE is the powerful, intense story of three marriages, and of a beautiful island paradise where, beyond the white sand beaches and the wealthy tourists, lies poverty, menacing violence and the story of the sacrifices some women make to survive.

'An extraordinarily hard-hitting and evocative novel that packs a tremendous punch with its repercussions of generational trauma, pin-sharp characterisations and strong sense of place' Daily Mail

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Praise for How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: Shortlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction

  • An extraordinarily hard-hitting and evocative novel that packs a tremendous punch with its repercussions of generational trauma, pin-sharp characterisations and strong sense of place - Daily Mail

  • Set in Barbados, this novel unflinchingly explores the violence, trauma and sadness of its characters but is written with total beauty and insight. These people won't leave you any time soon and marks Cherie Jones as a writer of immense power - Stylist

  • A crime-riddled literary novel, Jones's atmospheric debut has a multiracial, multigenerational cast who are brilliantly and even-handedly portrayed - Sunday Times

  • A crime-riddled literary novel, Jones's atmospheric debut has a multiracial, multigenerational cast who are brilliantly and even-handedly portrayed - Sunday Times

  • Visceral and haunting - Cosmopolitan

  • Cherie Jones' attention to detail [delves] deep into the intimate moments of each woman. A secret language forms between you, as the reader, and the women of Baxter's Beach. Acts of violence come out of nowhere and feel deeply personal... How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House reeled me in and hasn't quite let go of me yet. - Badformreview.com

  • A hard-hitting and unflinching novel from a bold new writer who tackles head-on the brutal extremes of patriarchal abuse - Bernardine Evaristo

  • Here is a bright new star. Cherie Jones has talent abounding, drawing us with skill, delicacy and glorious style into a vortex of Bajan lives on the edge, clashing across class and colour divides. This is one of the strongest, most assured and heart-wrenching debuts I have ever read - Diana Evans

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Cherie Jones

Cherie Jones is a lawyer based in Barbados. She won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 1999. She then studied Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam in 2015, where she won both the Archie Markham Award and the A.M. Heath Prize. In 2015 she was also awarded a full fellowship from the Vermont Studio Centre. A collection of inter-connected stories set in a different small community in Barbados won the third prize in the Frank Collymore Endowment Awards in 2016

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