A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes audiobook

A Tall History of Sugar

By Curdella Forbes
Read by Robin Miles

Highbridge Audio 9781617757518
14.53 Hours 1
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A Tall History of Sugar tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was "born without skin," so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance. The narrative begins with Moshe's birth in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica's independence from colonial rule, and ends in the era of what Forbes calls "the fall of empire," the era of Brexit and Donald Trump. The historical trajectory layers but never overwhelms the scintillating love story as the pair fight to establish their own view of loving, against the moral force of the colonial "plantation" and its legacies that continue to affect their lives and the lives of those around them. Written in lyrical, luminous prose that spans the range of Jamaican Englishes, this remarkable story follows the couple's mysterious love affair from childhood to adulthood, from the haunted environs of rural Jamaica to the city of Kingston, and then to England—another haunted locale in Forbes's rendition.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Publishers Weekly Pick for Fall

A Booklist Pick of the Week

A Tall History of Sugar tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was "born without skin," so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance.

The narrative begins with Moshe's birth in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica's independence from colonial rule, and ends in the era of what Forbes calls "the fall of empire," the era of Brexit and Donald Trump. The historical trajectory layers but never overwhelms the scintillating love story as the pair fight to establish their own view of loving, against the moral force of the colonial "plantation" and its legacies that continue to affect their lives and the lives of those around them.

Written in lyrical, luminous prose that spans the range of Jamaican Englishes, this remarkable story follows the couple's mysterious love affair from childhood to adulthood, from the haunted environs of rural Jamaica to the city of Kingston, and then to England—another haunted locale in Forbes's rendition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A gift for grown-up fans of fairy tales and those who love fiction that metes out hard and surprising truths. Forbes’s writing combines the gale-force imagination of Margaret Atwood with the lyrical pointillism of Toni Morrison.” New York Times Book Review
“It is difficult to imagine that this extraordinary story could be even better, but Robin Miles’s sublime narration accomplishes that feat…Miles skillfully conveys the story’s poetic language and folktale atmosphere, which remain firmly grounded in historical detail. Her rendering of the Jamaican–Creole patois and the Queen’s English are a pleasure to hear. Fans of Caribbean literature will sink into this transporting wonder of an audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“The book is a journey—the characters so vivid, their depictions so intimate, that the skin of the pages themselves almost pulse beneath the reader’s fingers. A powerful journey into the souls of two lovers, two countries, and the people caught in the wakes of empires.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Curdella Forbes

Author Bio: Curdella Forbes

Curdella Forbes is a Jamaican writer who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, and teaches at Howard University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 14.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English