There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even feel part of the preceding chapters. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. Of course nothing like that occurs and I puzzled at how Staceyann seemed to be more forgiving of her mother than her father in the memoir. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. So much terrible shit happens to her, and so many people despise her for not shutting up.
Staceyann Chin was abandonned by her mother shortly after Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. I love this book -- and I am completely hamstrung by the feelings it evokes. So much terrible shit happens to her, and so many people despise her for not shutting up. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. But you equally want to hang out with Staceyann, she's brill. She lives in New York.
Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. The problem is that I did not feel invited into the experience, connected to the characters or the author, nor did I get a feeling of experiencing Jamaica as the author did. The book ends with her leaving the country, although there is a brief epilogue about her subsequent visits and what happened to her relatives. However, this book shows that if one is determined, one can get out and improve oneself. I knew little about Ms. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. Early on, the spirited, defiant youngster learned to lie about her parentage, while the poverty and neediness of the siblings rendered them charity cases for relatives in Bethel Town and Kingston.
Her work has been profiled in more than 21 newspapers, journals and magazines such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and the Pittsburgh Daily and her poems can be found in numerous publications. And I was just pulled into it completely. Most of the time, when reading this, I felt how the author must have felt, when she tries to reason to the people around her, to no avail, because the heads of those people are just shut off. A strong sense of purpose and will is very clear in her writing. I had no idea that so many Chinese and other nationalities had settled there and had intermarried or at least had children with Jamaicans. I'm definitely a fan of Staceyann Chin after reading her memoir. After coming out as a lesbian in college, she is ostracized and almost raped, and decides to emigrate.
No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day. That said, I really enjoyed this one and am glad that I read it. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir. I hope to have the opportunity of seeing her at another book signing in the future. How wonderful that this outrageous, talented, determined woman has given us her story. The issues with poverty and children who do not have a consistent or stable parental unit or family is something that as a county Jamaica struggles with every day.
While we get Staceyann as-is there is nothing clumsy or awkward here. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her whole young life. She is of Chinese-Jamaican and Afro-Jamaican descent and her work often discusses her struggles of growing up as lesbian and multiracial in Jamaica. It is at times heartwrenching, inadvertently evoking compassion and sympathy from the reader, but it ends with closure, peace of mind and so much promise. The book was well written although the sections at the start when she was supposed to be younger were written in a tone that seemed to be that of an older voice. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present.
I am glad I took the time to listen, to listen to the child who grew, who dared to not be quiet and who later became the woman who was audacious enough to tell her story. I wish I possessed that same spirit. It tells of how the author grew up in Jamaica, with no parents, her mother abandoning her to relatives, and her father not even willing to acknowledge her paternity. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. I love this book -- and I am completely hamstrung by the feelings it evokes.
I'm thankful that Chin allowed us readers into such an intimate space, reliving painful mem This memoir was beautifully written. How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Lottery, Jamaica, on Christmas Day. I have never read any thing like this. One of my favourite books. Her talents and outspokenness propel her through school and almost by accident she stumbles upon a love of theatre and words and the rest is, as they say, history.
Tags: , , , This entry was posted on Monday, December 14th, 2015 at 02:33Z and is filed under , , , , ,. Liberating, beautiful, and life-affirming, The Other Side of Paradise is simply incredible. It was hard to put down. It is a good book and it showed the social issues that has resulted in many of the problems that Jamaica is experiencing now. Believe it or not, this is one of the few books that I never wanted to end. Reasoning didn't do anything for her, it just landed plenty of whips on her ass with the belt. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica.
The relatives in turn are too dogmatic and unloving, and in every situation the author finds her, she is in the wrong, whether it was wearing a bathing suit the relative thinks it is a bikini when it is not , or whether it is being raped by older male cousins the relative thinks that the author invited the rape. She is of Chinese-Jamaican and Afro-Jamaican descent and her work often discusses her struggles of growing up as lesbian and multiracial in Jamaica. When her aged grandmother is unable to care for both children, they try living with an uncle until their visiting mother's antics places the arrangement in peril. The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir. A half Jamaican and Chines Please note that I gave this book 4. I was a little perturbed that there are so few positive representations of men and that my families home of Jamaica had a negative light shed on it but Hey. Staceyann breaks our hearts a little, and then brings us safely, gratefully, home.