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17 popular barbadian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around North America Challenge" were written by authors from Barbados. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Fire In The Canes by Glenville Lovell EN

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"Caribbean stories are often filled with magic and mysticism. Glenville Lovell immerses readers in all these elements in his debut novel, "Fires in the Canes". Lovell brings to life the sleepy West Indian village of Monkey Road, 50 years after the end of slavery. Peata, a sensual and fun-loving woman, arrives with her beautiful teenage daughter, Midra, which starts a chain of events that forever changes their lives and those of the villagers . . . Lovell spins an interesting story, one that will make you think about how one incident can change the future".--"USA Today".

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Flickering Shadows : A Novel by Kwadwo Agymah Kamau EN

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Set on a fictional Caribbean island, Flickering Shadows is the story of the colorful and compelling inhabitants of a small ex-colony, a village called the Hill. Cephus' grandfather - arguably one of the most intriguing narrators to appear in fiction in some time - draws the reader into the lives and vivid dramas of the whole community. Cephus, Doreen, Boysie, Inez, young Kwame, the ghost, Dolphus, and an array of vibrantly depicted characters from a rich and hypnotic tale of love and betrayal, selflessness and honor, lust and dignity.
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How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House : A Novel by Cherie Jones EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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Lala must deal with a chain of events that have terrible consequences when her petty criminal husband is interrupted in his attempt to rob one of the mansions in their "paradise" home of Baxter Beach, Barbados.

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In the Castle of My Skin by George Lamming EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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In a sleepy fishing village in 1930s Barbados, nine-year-old G. leads a life of quiet mischief. While the village lies tranquil in the shadow of its English landlord, Mr Creighton, and his towering house on the hill, G. makes his own fun, crab catching, teasing preachers, and playing among the pumpkin vines. Yet from this world of boyish pursuits, the precocious G. finds himself slowly awakening to strange goings-on in adult society. All around him, sudden bursts of violence - a devastating flood on the morning of his birthday; the headmaster unduly flogging his schoolmates on Empire day - hin... continue

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Redemption in Indigo : A Novel by Karen Lord EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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When Paama leaves her husband, she attracts the attention of the undying ones who present her with the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world.

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River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • This beautiful, page-turning and redemptive story of a mother’s gripping journey across the Caribbean to find her stolen children in the aftermath of slavery is a “celebration of motherhood and female resilience” (The Observer). “A powerful novel that explores how freedom and family are truly defined”—Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Personal Librarian Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by Real Simple, Goodreads, AARP, Boston.com, BookBub and BookRiot Her search begins with an ending.… The master of the Providence plantation ... continue

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Simone's Place by Glenville Lovell EN

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The play is a story of love, acceptance and the need for connection and belonging. Though it focuses on issues of gender identity, the question of class is ever present. The central character is the transgender owner of the club/bar Simone's Place where she performs Nina Simone jazz standards as Lady Simone. Simone has become advisor/healer to many of the broken souls who drink and hang around the bar; at the same time she is most in need of love and healing herself. The central figure's paradox binds and balances the play as each character struggles with the dilemma of trying to be free in an... continue

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The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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This is a story of hope. Grace Delarua, a civil servant with the government of Cygnus Beta, remembers when the Sadiri arrived on their planet, a galactic hinterland for pioneers and refugees. This is a story of survival. Dllenahkh, leader of the small group of Sadiri settlers on Cygnus Beta, remembers the cool strong blues and gentle sunlight of his home world. He also remembers the moment he was told his planet was destroyed. This is a story of love. Now they must work together to rebuild his decimated population by searching for the last surviving members of his race. This is a story about f... continue

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The Burning Bush Women & Other Stories by Cherie Jones EN

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In these truthful and strange, funny and tragic stories set in Barbados and the USA, Cherie Jones weaves paths through the joys and suffering of women's lives - from breast cancer, madness and abortion to love, magic and a deep connectedness between women.
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The Girl with the Hazel Eyes by Callie Browning EN

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The beautiful island of Barbados, world-renowned for white sand beaches and tranquil blue seas, became the scene of an international crime in 1967. Forty years after Susan Taylor's whistle-blowing novel, 'The Unspeakable Truth' became the most famous novel by any Caribbean author, she reaches out to a young writer to write her biography. Lia Davis has no idea why Susan would choose her, but there's more to Susan's story than meets the eye. The Girl with the Hazel Eyes will show you just why there is trouble in paradise.


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