Today, we are excited to feature Ms. Cheri Jones!
'Cherie Jones is a writer, lawyer, and single mom who lives in Barbados. Her short fiction has been published in PANK, The Feminist Wire, Eclectica and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Cherie is a past fellowship awardee of the Vermont Studio Centre and received her MA in Writing (with distinction) from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) where she was awarded the Archie Markham Fellowship and the A. M. Heath Prize. 'How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House' is her first novel.'
This debut novel 'How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House' is an amazing book about Lala, a hair-braider who lives and works on the beach in Barbados. When we meet Lala it's the summer of 1984 and she is about to give birth to her first child with her husband Adan, a career thief and weed-smuggler.
On the same night that Lala's baby is born, a wealthy tourist is murdered in gruesome circumstances in the botched robbery of a luxury villa on the same beach. 'How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House' is about how these two events are connected and takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through the realities of race, class, power, violence, and poverty in a rarely-seen side of paradise.
The novel has received rave reviews from several publications including The Guardian (UK), The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times and has been included in many 'must-read' lists for 2021, including Entertainment Weekly's 15 Books We Can't Wait to Read and Oprah magazine's list of the 20 Best Books of February, 2021.
It was selected by Good Morning America as the Good Morning America Book Club Pick for February, 2021, by Barnes & Noble as its 'Discover' pick for February, 2021 and by Apple Books as a 'must-read' for February, 2021. It's also an Amazon.com Editor's Pick. Booker Prize-winning author Bernadine Evaristo calls it 'hard-hitting and unflinching', while Lawrence Hill, Author of The Book of Negroes hails it as 'ambitious, poetic, and layered with the rich voices of its many stunning characters..'
Originally published in the UK (by TinderPress), USA (Little,Brown USA) and Canada (HarperCollins Canada), and translation rights were recently sold in Germany and France.
Cherie Jones is especially proud of the warm reception it is receiving at home.