Set in 1942 on the imagined island of San Carlos—a cultural cocktail of Trinidad, Cuba, and Jamaica—this is the story of Estrella Thompson, a headstrong fourteen-year-old girl who's forced to fend for herself when she's banished from the isolated fishing village where she's lived all her life.
"The Caribbean tragi-comedy of class and colour finds a richly eloquent voice in this pin-sharp innocent abroad." —The Independent
"[Channer] writes with rare transparency, as though this story of a 14-year-old outcast welled up from the depths of the collective unconscious . . . a jewel of a book." —Booklist
"A picaresque set on the fictional Caribbean island of San Carlos in 1942, Channer's rewarding and tense novella follows the journey of fishing village outcast Estrella Thompson, a precocious 14-year-old with a woman's body who seeks shoes, employment and acceptance." —Publishers Weekly
"There's something timeless about Estrella's yearning for a better life . . . a fairy-tale novella of betrayal and hope." —Kirkus Reviews
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Colin Channer (Author)
Colin Channer's major works of fiction include the novel Waiting in Vain and the story collection Passing Through, which Junot Díaz described as "a splendid collection by one of the Caribbean Diaspora's finest writers." He also edited Iron Balloon...