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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

"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)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

A beautiful chilling story.

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

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  • Sigrin
  • 07-13-21

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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  • JuliaC
  • 07-13-21

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
  • 07-13-21

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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  • Handryer
  • 12-22-21

Evocative. Gritty. Gripping.

Really enjoyed this audiobook. The narration was superb and I can imagine it must have been better than reading the book. I love Barbados and I could imagine the locations described. Really enjoyed it and am going to recommend to friends.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-01-21

great

I loved this book, it was easy to get into the characters. the writer draws you into the life of each individual, painting a clear vivid picture of part in the story

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  • Kalpna B.
  • 10-28-21

not what title says

not very intersting as per the title and very short chapters at time....for what the title says and different as u go along

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  • Matthew Charles Ryde
  • 10-27-21

Harrowing but extremely engrossing

I almost stopped listening half way through as I found the story so challenging. There is no respite from the desperate sadness of it all. However I did continue to the end and I’m glad I did. It brings no joy but it does stay with you and give you so much to think about. Brilliantly narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-25-21

Beautifully narrated, grim subject matter

I loved this relentlessly dark novel. The lyricism of the prose somewhat alleviated the all too real subject. I hope Lala found happiness

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  • Christine Little
  • 10-21-21

Amazing in every way

Fantastically read and a truly gripping and moving story. Wonderful depiction of Island life and the struggles and violent side of it's native population.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

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.