How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs is a collection of short stories with characters from Jamaica. None of the stories intersect at all. On the surface, no one has much of anything in common, except that they are from Jamaica.
The characters are gay, straight, educated, uneducated, poor, rich and so on. Some of the stories are hilarious, while others are tragic.
I think that the commonalities of many of the stories are food and family. Most of the characters talk about their love of Jamaican food. They also discuss their relationships with family members, especially their mothers and siblings.
It’s difficult to pick a favorite story. There was so much variety that I don’t think anyone would get bored with this book.
I did like the story about Shirley, the pop star. There are some similarities to Rihanna, except that Rihanna is not from Jamaica. She’s from Barbados. FYI: Jamaica is about 1228 miles from Barbados. Did you know that Jamaica is only 238 miles from Cuba? Now we all know.
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- I received an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are mine. Obviously.