Fruit of the Lemon

Fruit of the Lemon

Book - 2007
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From Andrea Levy, author of Small Island and winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Best of the Best Orange Prize, comes a story of one woman and two islands.

Faith Jackson knows little about her parents' lives before they moved to England. Happy to be starting her first job in the costume department at BBC television, and to be sharing a house with friends, Faith is full of hope and expectation. But when her parents announce that they are moving "home" to Jamaica, Faith's fragile sense of her identity is threatened. Angry and perplexed as to why her parents would move to a country they so rarely mention, Faith becomes increasingly aware of the covert and public racism of her daily life, at home and at work.

At her parents' suggestion, in the hope it will help her to understand where she comes from, Faith goes to Jamaica for the first time. There she meets her Aunt Coral, whose storytelling provides Faith with ancestors, whose lives reach from Cuba and Panama to Harlem and Scotland. Branch by branch, story by story, Faith scales the family tree, and discovers her own vibrant heritage, which is far richer and wilder than she could have imagined.

Fruit of the Lemon spans countries and centuries, exploring questions of race and identity with humor and a freshness, and confirms Andrea Levy as one of our most exciting contemporary novelists.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2007
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312426644
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 29, 2012

This is the story of a family; the parents emigrated from Jamaica. The daughter lives in the white world and visits Jamaica and learns of her roots and family.

Dec 16, 2010

An interesting exploration of racism and racial identity through the eyes of the daughter of Jamaican immigrants living in London. Faith Jackson is stumbling through young adulthood and attempting to ignore her own race until she comes upon the aftermath of a hate-motivated attack on the black proprietor of a left-wing bookstore. When she takes to her bed and refuses to get up to go to work or visit family, her parents decide to send her to Jamaica where she can discover her roots through her Aunt Coral. Her aunt recounts the history of Faith's ancestors and opens her eyes to what it means to be Jamaican and a person of colour.


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