Dec 1, 2016

Book Review: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Review of Here Comes the Sun, a novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn, published June 2, 2016, Norton

I didn't think I'd want to finish the book, but as I kept reading it pulled me in - the vivid characters, the story, the, at times, poetic writing. This is a candid look at some of the lives of the less fortunate local people who live behind the scenes in the Jamaican tourist industry, the ones who serve in the hotels and cater to the tourists, legally or not. It also looks at the island culture of homophobia, superstition, and lack of opportunity and education that keep many miserable and hold them back. You won't look at the local people the same way the next time you vacation in paradise!

Written by a Jamaican-American who knows the island, the dialect, and its life rhythms. I recommend the book for all readers interested in the Caribbean.


Brian Joseph said...

This sounds good. The topic, those involved in the tourist industry who do not share in it prosperity and glamour, sounds very different and interesting.

The fact that it was written by someone who knows Jamaica makes it sound even more credible.

Harvee said...

In the book, the hotel building along the coast also affects the villages and their homes. The down side of development.

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