2021 #ReadCaribbean

Sharing to continue the conversation on #readCaribbean (and because Kei Miller and Shakirah Bourne are among my faves) but only skimming because Things I have Withheld is on my TBR and I am actually reading Josephine against the Sea, and I like to be clear on what I think before engaging with criticism by others. Impetus for me to finish the book!

Suzanne Bhagan

Can you believe 2021 was my third year doing #ReadCaribbean on the Insta? Thanks to Cindy Allman of Book of Cinz, this project has really taken off, encouraging readers all over the world to explore Caribbean literature.

We bookstagrammers and writers highlight what’s on our reading list during June – books about the Caribbean, usually written by Caribbean people living at home or abroad. Many people, particularly Caribbean people, get to discover the length and breadth of the canon, not just the bitter aftertaste they experienced in Lit/English class in secondary school.

This year, I read the following:

Things I have Withheld by Kei Miller (Jamaica)

After reading Augustown, I was curious to read this collection of essays by the Jamaican author. Overall, the writing was excellent and thought-provoking. I especially loved the travel essays. My favorite bits were:

  • “Mr. Brown, Mrs. White, and Ms. Black” which looks at…

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