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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

Audiofile Earphones Award Winner 2021

In Baxter's Beach, Barbados, Lala's grandmother, Wilma, tells the story of the one-armed sister, a cautionary tale about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers.

For Wilma, it's the story of a wilful adventurer, who ignores the warnings of those around her, and suffers as a result.

When Lala grows up, she sees it offers hope - of life after losing a baby in the most terrible of circumstances and marrying the wrong man.

And Mira Whalen? It's about keeping alive, trying to make sense of the fact that her husband has been murdered and she didn't get the chance to tell him that she loved him after all.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is the powerful, intense story of three marriages and of a beautiful island paradise where, beyond the white sand beaches and the wealthy tourists, lies poverty, menacing violence and the story of the sacrifices some women make to survive.

©2021 Cherie Jones (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Jones' atmospheric debut has a multiracial, multigenerational cast who are brilliantly and even-handedly portrayed." (Sunday Times) 

"Rare is the first book that reveals the writer fully formed, the muscles and sinews of her sentences firm and taut, the voice distinctly her own." (Washington Post)

"A bright new star. Cherie Jones draws us with skill, delicacy and glorious style into a vortex of Bajan lives on the edge." (Diana Evans) 

"A hard-hitting and unflinching novel from a bold new writer." (Bernardine Evaristo)

"An extraordinarily hard-hitting and evocative novel that packs a tremendous punch with its repercussions of generational trauma, pin-sharp characterisations and strong sense of place." (Daily Mail)

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what's the audio equaliser Audible?

Nothing wrong with this novel that Amazon not being technically incompetent couldn't fix.

The s sounds in the narrators voice are recorded too loudly and need to be turned down. if Audible let you have audio equaliser, this could be easily adjusted by the user or better if we could play the books on another app that would work too.

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  • 09-06-2021

A beautiful chilling story.

I thought this book was beautifully written and very well read. I miss it now.

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  • JuliaC
  • 13-07-2021

Brilliant bloody debut

This novel novel is set in Barbados. But this is far from paradise. It tells of violence to women across three generations, with crime, death, and drug dealing and thrown in the mix. The writing is wonderfully descriptive and evokes the colours, sounds, smells and tastes of the island. Very violent but I couldn’t stop listening. Brilliant debut.

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  • Ms N
  • 13-07-2021

Challenging narration

Only a personal opinion, but I found the narration of this book was very monotone, to the point that I lost track of the story several times.
I had to rewind the audio so many times that I eventually switched off.
I shall need to start again and try to stick with what is very likely a good story.
I’m disappointed.

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  • pamela a.
  • 21-07-2021

Grim but somehow beautiful

A tough listen, a heart wrenching story of life beyond the beautiful beaches of Barbados. Superb narration. The hopeless lives of these characters is shocking. This is an excellent book despite the sadness and violence.

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  • Kristibelle
  • 18-07-2021

sublime

this book is beautifully plotted, has vivid characters, and is absolutely heartbreaking. great read

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  • Sigrin
  • 13-07-2021

Sad


This review is in three parts

The narrator Danielle Vitalis is simply splendid her accent and tone just perfect for this book,

Thé content however is really depressing, you need to be in a happy place to listen to this.

Lastly the prose is beautiful, descriptive and powerful which lifts the sad nature of the book.

Not sure I would recommend or not. It’s just left me a bit flat.

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  • Buns
  • 06-07-2021

10 stars One of the best books I've ever read

I loved it so much I purchased both the paperback and audio versions , the letter in particular is fantastic

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  • NutShell
  • 06-07-2021

I absolutely love this

Just listen... an amazing story that's narrated perfectly. I can not recommend it highly enough.

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  • Phoebe, genuine purchaser
  • 28-06-2021

Beautiful book, brilliantly narrated

A deceptively simple story, full of profound glimpses into people, how we think and why we do the things we do. Danielle Vitalis’ lilting accent and narration was perfect. Really enjoyed it, can see why it is in the running for the Woman’s Prize.

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  • Rod Andrew
  • 18-06-2021

An Amazing Experience

OUTSTANSING STORY AND NAREATIVE! I couldn't get enough of it. 5/5 stars, just brilliant.

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