Author Talk: How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
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In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister. It’s a cautionary tale, about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers and go into the Baxter’s Tunnels. When she’s grown, Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the beach mansions sets off a chain of events with terrible consequences. A gunshot no one was meant to witness. A new mother whose baby is found lifeless on the beach. A woman torn between two worlds and incapacitated by grief. And two men driven into the Tunnels by desperation and greed who attempt a crime that will risk their freedom – and their lives. How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is an intimate and visceral portrayal of interconnected lives, across race and class, in a rapidly changing resort town, told by an astonishing new author of literary fiction.
About the Author:
Cherie Jones is a writer, mom of four and lawyer from Barbados. She is a past fellowship awardee of the Vermont Studio Centre and a graduate of the MA Writing programme at Sheffield Hallam University where she was awarded the Archie Markham Award and the AM Heath prize. Her short fiction has been published in PANK, Eclectica and The Feminist Wire and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her first short story collection was published in 2004. ‘How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House’ is her first novel.
About the Interviewer:
Ayesha Gibson-Gill is an arts manager, producer, performer, writer and director for stage, audio and screen. In addition to being co-founder of the literary arts media company Story Shyft she is co-producer of one son.