How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A Novel

Written by:
Cherie Jones
Narrated by:
Danielle Vitalis

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2021
8 hours 41 minutes
In the tradition of Zadie Smith and Marlon James, a brilliant Caribbean writer delivers a powerful story about four people each desperate to escape their legacy of violence in a so-called "paradise."

In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister. It’s a cautionary tale, about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers and go into the Baxter’s Tunnels. When she’s grown, Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the beach mansions sets off a chain of events with terrible consequences. A gunshot no one was meant to witness. A new mother whose baby is found lifeless on the beach. A woman torn between two worlds and incapacitated by grief. And two men driven into the Tunnels by desperation and greed who attempt a crime that will risk their freedom – and their lives.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is an intimate and visceral portrayal of interconnected lives, across race and class, in a rapidly changing resort town, told by an astonishing new author of literary fiction.
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Rena T.

Loved this book , didn’t want it to end !!

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Karen H.

Searing, like the summary said. Brutally tragic painting of extreme poverty and violence in Paradise. The narration in the island dialect was a particularly effective part of the imagery. Very well-written. Compelling. No trite phrases or metaphors. I recommend this book!

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