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Augustown
Augustown | Kei Miller
Ma Taffy may be blind but she sees everything. So when her great-nephew Kaia comes home from school in tears, what she senses sends a deep fear through her. While they wait for his mama to come home from work, Ma Taffy recalls the story of the flying preacherman and a great thing that did not happen. A poor suburban sprawl in the Jamaican heartland, Augustown is a place where many things that should happen don't, and plenty of things that shouldn't happen do. For the story of Kaia leads back to another momentous day in Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari and the desire for a better life. Augustown is a novel about inequality and aspiration, memory and myth, and the connections between people which can transcend these things but not always change them. It is a window onto a moment in Jamaican history, when the people sought to rise up above their lives and shine.
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Augustown | Kei Miller
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This is no #dreadlockholiday. This is a story of Jamaica no tourists or beach here, it's the culture and undercurrents, it's the Rastafarian movement and it's a story about Kaia who comes home from schools one day with his dreadlocks cut off.

#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen I see I‘ve previously stacked this book. Can‘t remember who reviewed it. Sounds good 3d
mreads @Cinfhen there's a lot packed into this short book. 3d
BarbaraBB This has been on my tbr since it was longlisted for the Tournament of Books. It still sounds so interesting. 3d
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suvata
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I think this is the first book that I have read set in Jamaica or about a Rastafarian community. So foreign to me and yet so fascinating, this was a very enticing story. The more I learn about new cultures, the more I realize we are all the same.

Machinist I might have to read it some day. 4mo
suvata @Machinist It‘s a good one. 4mo
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Reggie
Augustown | Kei Miller
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. Kaia, a Rastafarian boy, has come home from school with his dreads cut off by his teacher. This starts off a chain of events that weave us back and forth in time between many well drawn characters in a fictional Jamaican town that represent the tensions between class and skin color. Miller has this real gift of showing you what makes people, people. Pick!!!

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 great review as always. 4mo
Reggie @TrishB Thanks!! I thought of you today because I helped this man from Canterbury and when I asked him who his favorite futbol team was he said he didn‘t have one and never liked the sport. Boo. Lol 4mo
TheWintergarden Hey @TrishB I agree, you spoil all of us with your sensitive and insightful reviews @Reggie 😊 4mo
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Reggie @TheWintergarden Thank you so much .🤗 4mo
TrishB @Reggie I‘d say there is a small % of the country that don‘t like football! Unfortunately you got one. I can‘t wait for someone to say Liverpool ⚽️ 4mo
CouronneDhiver LIVERPOOL! (Also, Bayern) I‘m preparing for a total mental breakdown when they face off in the Champions League this year. 😫 Great review @Reggie @TrishB (edited) 4mo
TrishB We have 2 tickets for the Bayern match...me and the two kids usually go but tickets are so scarce now they‘re doing well.....so I‘ve been a good Mum and am letting the kids go....( also said kids are 17 and 23 not babies!) @CouronneDhiver 4mo
CouronneDhiver Oh wow! I‘m super jealous. Should send them with a Litsy sign so I can spot them in the crowd. Lol @TrishB 4mo
TrishB @CouronneDhiver I‘m just imagining their faces if I suggest that! 4mo
overtheedge Nice Review Reggie! Stacked 4mo
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Bertha_Mason
Augustown | Kei Miller

"The great philosophical question goes: if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear, does it make a sound? But this is a troubling question, exalting one kind of being above all others. What then of the ears of snakes, or wood frogs, or mice, or bugs? Do they not count? What then of grass, of stone, of earth? Does their witness not matter? If a man flies in Jamaica, and only the poor will admit to seeing it, has he still flown?"

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Bertha_Mason
Augustown | Kei Miller

"To know a man properly, you must know the shape of his hurt--the specific wound around which his person has been formed like a scab."

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Bertha_Mason
Augustown | Kei Miller

"Look, this isn't magical realism. This is not another story about superstitious island people and their primitive beliefs. No. You don't get off that easy....You may as well stop to consider a more urgent question; not whether you believe in this story or not, but whether this story is about the kinds of people you have never taken the time to believe in."

batsy All of the quotes you've posted from this book are amazing. 5mo
Bertha_Mason @batsy Miller has such a way with words *_* 5mo
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Angitron
Augustown | Kei Miller
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Pickpick

I‘ve been incredibly fortunate with my latest run of reads. Augustown is a moving portrayal of this (fictional, but based on the real August Town) town in Jamaica, and the people who live there. The story weaves back and forth through time and you come to understand how the past impacts present events in characters‘ lives in profound ways. I absolutely LOVED this one!

TheNextBook Intrigued! 5mo
Angitron @TheNextBook It is SO GOOD! 5mo
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Bertha_Mason
Augustown | Kei Miller

"Some days have more roads than others, and some roads more distance, so that when a woman complains how long the day is, maybe she is counting the roads rather than its hours."

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Bertha_Mason
Augustown | Kei Miller

"[Ma Taffy] knew that for people to be people, they had to believe in something. They had to believe that something was worth believing in. And they had to carry that thing in their hearts and guard it, for once you believed in something, in anything at all, Babylon would try its damnedest to find out what that thing was, and they would try to take it from you."

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Bertha_Mason
Augustown | Kei Miller

"That day the sun squatted itself in the middle of a white cloud so that it seemed as though a poached egg were floating in the sky."

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Well-ReadNeck
Augustown | Kei Miller
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#AugustWrapUp

Great reading month. Made a big dent in my #netgalley TBR shelf!!!

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JennyM
Augustown | Kei Miller
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Well, that‘s my August fun sorted!

Thanks @Cinfhen @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @Meredith3 @emilyhaldi

Come join in with some photo challenge fun.

Meredith3 ✨🎉🍾😸🕺🏻 11mo
Reviewsbylola Woo hoo! 💃🏻🕺🏼 11mo
Cathythoughts 😍 11mo
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Mdargusch Thanks for reposting! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 11mo
Cinfhen Yay!! So glad you‘re joining us for #AbbainAugust ❣️❣️❣️ 11mo
emilyhaldi Yay thanks for posting and joining the challenge!! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 11mo
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shawnmooney
Augustown | Kei Miller
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Everyone and their dog among my bookish friends loved this. I am confused that it left me almost completely cold. I could appreciate the writing, the structure, the importance of all that intergenerational storytelling. But I didn‘t ever get pulled in.

Itchyfeetreader I have this in my now quantified mountain of unread books not sure it will be up next after this review!! (edited) 13mo
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saresmoore ♥️ 13mo
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saresmoore Boy, there‘s a lot of truth in that. 13mo
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Lindy A strange thing indeed. 🕷 14mo
shawnmooney @Lindy 😍😍 Have you read this? I‘m quite enjoying it thus far. 14mo
Lindy @shawnmooney No, I haven‘t read anything by him before, but he‘s been on my radar. I like this excerpt. (edited) 14mo
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Augustown | Kei Miller
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Cinfhen 💋💋💋💋#randomkissesdriveby hope you‘re having a great day 1y
CouronneDhiver Intrigued! 1y
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ReadingEnvy
Augustown | Kei Miller
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Pickpick

One of the books longlisted for the Tournament of Books and I thought it was great... A Rasta boy has his dreadlocks chopped off by a teacher in Jamaica and the stories swirl around this central point.

Notafraidofwords I bailed on this one. Couldn‘t really get into it. 1y
ReadingEnvy @Notafraidofwords really that surprises me! 1y
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Marchpane
Augustown | Kei Miller
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This year's Tournament of Books long list is up! I don't always follow #TheRooster but I enjoy checking out the selections. Soooo beyond happy that Augustown is on the list - one of my faves from this year but it's gone under the radar a bit.

Here it is: https://themorningnews.org/article/the-year-in-fiction-2017

#ToB #ToB2018 #tournamentofbooks

Mamashep Nothing like the Tournament of Books to make me feel like I've read almost nothing important this year! 2y
merelybookish This list is my favourite part of the process now. I've only read 15 on the list but will try to read more before the shirt list is announced. Will bump Augustown up. ☺️ 2y
mrozzz Augustown was great! Only have 17 read on this list 😆 but own many more.... thanks for sharing!! 2y
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Marchpane @Mamashep hey, if you're reading books then you're doing it right! 👍 @merelybookish @mrozzz both of you have me beat- I've read 14 (plus bailed on a couple more!) 2y
EKonrad I‘ve only read 4 of these! 😩😩😩 What is wrong with me?!? 2y
vivastory @Ekonrad Me too! At least we have time to catch up! 2y
vivastory @merelybookish Will you be reading the full short list? 2y
merelybookish @vivastory A friend (not on Litsy) and I try to manage it so that between the two of us we read all short list. But our goal ( which we've never managed) is to have read everything on the short list when it's announced. ☺️ 2y
vivastory @merelybookish I was unfamiliar with the tournament until this year. Reading the background prompted me to reread the Sedaris essay that the award is named after. Hilarious. I might try to read the entire short list. A lot of the books are on my TBR 2y
merelybookish @vivastory It's really the only book "award" I follow. (Although it began as a way to poke fun at book awards.) It's usually an interesting selection of books. And the rulings can be fun to read. 2y
merelybookish And 1000 times better than college 🏀! 😉 @vivastory 2y
vivastory @merelybookish Can I still have pizza & beer? 😂🍻🍕 2y
Redheadrambles Looks like an interesting list. I have managed to read 8 with 3 more on my shelves- which is pretty good for me. 2y
Spiderfelt Thanks for sharing. It is interesting to see what makes it on the list, and to help me curate my future reading. 2y
mhillis Thanks for posting this! I like to see it. Do you plan to read any more of the selections? 2y
cariashley @Ekonrad @vivastory I‘ve only read 4 too! So glad I‘m not alone. Lots of catching up to do, I love the TOB! 2y
Cinfhen I haven‘t heard of this book....going to investigate ❤️I‘ve read quite a bit from the list.... 2y
Bloomingjen Thanks for posting! 2y
minkyb Thanks for posting! 2y
SandyW Thanks for sharing. My TBR is growing by leaps and bounds. 2y
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mrozzz
Augustown | Kei Miller
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In her heart Ma Taffy knew it was more than enough to die for. She knew that for people to be people, they had to believe in something. They had to believe that something was worth believing in. And they had to carry that thing in their hearts and guard it, for once you believed in something, in anything at all, Babylon would try its damnedest to find out what that thing is, and they would try to take it from you.

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mrozzz
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"It's funny, isn't it, this whole process-how various dialects bleed into each other; how every language is a graveyard of languages, how every language is a storehouse of history."

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mrozzz
Augustown | Kei Miller
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Pickpick

Well that was wow. Miller is a very talented writer. He's also a poet and it shows. Everything happens fast and then backtracks to catch you up flying as far back as 1920 and up to the '80s focusing on 3 members of a Rastafarian family. Full of drama and banalities both. As the story unravels I dropped my jaw a few times. Fabulous.

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mrozzz
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I have watched over and over again, as if from up here I could change things, could slip inside its hours and change the outcome. But I can only watch. For here is the truth: each day contains much more than its own hours, or minutes, or seconds. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that every day contains all of history.

Cinfhen 🙌🏻 2y
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Carolyn11215
Augustown | Kei Miller
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“Some days have more roads than others, and some roads more distance, so that when a woman complains how long the day is, maybe she is counting its roads rather than its hours.” Cleo enjoying the beautiful language of this book.

RedbagReadbooks Loved this book and was fortunate enough to get a signed copy. I did not know much about the rastafarian culture prior to this book. It was very interesting 2y
Carolyn11215 Loving the book too! Clear that author is an award winning poet as well because the language is just beautiful! 2y
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Carolyn11215
Augustown | Kei Miller

For here is the truth: each day contains much more than its own hours, or minutes, or seconds. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that every day contains all of history.

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Sharpeipup
Augustown | Kei Miller
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#friYAYintro @jess.how

It's not Friday but here you go...
1. First Friday in Kansas City, MO where I saw this beautiful piece of art
2. Start new job on Monday & I can read on the commute!
3. Early 🐦
4. Fruit 🍉
5. I can't remember but I have tried to see Wonder Woman several times though ☹️

howjessreads A reading commute??‽ !! Dream come true!! 2y
Sharpeipup @jess.how A reading commute was one of my requirements when looking for our new house & my new job. 2y
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Mel
Augustown | Kei Miller
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End of summer trip to Tahoe (pic of Squaw from Aerial Tram to High Camp). Not getting as much reading done as planned, but having fun 😊 #vacation

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mrozzz
Augustown | Kei Miller
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#LibraryHaul: picked up a few books I've been eyeing for awhile. I don't usually pick up books of stories but I thought I should give these two a try. I'm also headed to London for vacation next week and I couldn't pass up Cockfosters.

Now to decide WHICH books I will bring with me on my trip?!! All my friends are asking me why I'd even bring any reading material, but let's be real Littens, who goes anywhere without at least one book?? 😮

DivineDiana No one! 😉 2y
mrozzz @DivineDiana that's what I thought!! 😏 None of us anyway. I ❤️ Litsy. 2y
Redwritinghood Those are all great choices. 2y
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Marchpane Augustown is terrific! I haven't read any of the others but they all look like top picks 👍 2y
BookHermit A vacation without books isn't really a vacation at all, is it? 2y
mrozzz @Redwritinghood I have a week before I leave, gonna see how many of these I can tear through in that time 😁 2y
mrozzz @Marchpane that's great to hear!! It was gonna be my next read but Exit West is an "express" so I have to read and return that one first. 2y
mrozzz @BookHermit seriously. Clearly none of my friends understand like we all do. 🙃 2y
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Aluciddreamstate
Augustown | Kei Miller
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Pickpick

5/5⭐️. Cultural that I knew very little about in lyrical prose, that took me to tears. Amazing.

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vivastory
Augustown | Kei Miller
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I really lucked out with the free ARCs today.

saresmoore Wowza! You really did! 2y
britt_brooke Nice!! 2y
vivastory @Booksandcooks It sounds interesting. Looking forward to it 2y
LeahBergen Ooo. I thought Abigale Hall sounded fun. 2y
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MadCatRamble
Augustown | Kei Miller
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Pickpick

This was not an easy book emotionally, but Miller's prose is so beautiful and fluid, swinging from wise and lovely to raw and visceral sometimes within the same image, that even when it hurt, it was impossible to set aside.

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Marchpane
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This well spun yarn alternates between 1920 and 1982 in Jamaica. When a schoolteacher metes out a humiliating punishment to a six year old boy, the ensuing events weave a tale of many threads. Most dialogue is rendered in a lilting patois that adds rather than detracts. Beautifully done.

BellaBookNook New to me book and author. I will have to rectify that! 2y
thewanderingbookmark Love this book 2y
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Marchpane
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, this one is def stacked! 2y
rohit-sawant Oo, interesting! Stacking this. 2y
shawnmooney I already had it stacked - now, after reading that, I have no choice but to order it right this minute! 2y
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shawnmooney
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Is it just me, or is Jamaican literature having more than a bit of a renaissance of late? Here's yet another new Jamaica novel that sounds great!

BookishFeminist It is and I love it! Caribbean lit been underrepresented in major publishing for a long time. 3y
LauraBeth This sounds great! 3y
LindaGrace812 Stacked! 3y
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