• The Other Side of Paradise

  • A Memoir
  • By: Staceyann Chin
  • Narrated by: Staceyann Chin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (179 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Staceyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir.

No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica.

Told with grace, humor, and courage, Chin plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, finding the man she believes to be her father, and ultimately, discovering her voice.

©2009 Staceyann Chin (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The listener, especially one who is familiar with Jamaican patois, will be delighted by the author's narration of this true coming-of-age tale.... The quick shifts in the story and Chin's whip-fast delivery put listeners on a roller coaster ride." (AudioFile)

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Incredible life, incredible performer

After hearing Stacyanne Chin’s Audible Original, MOTHERSTRUCK, I was eager to learn more about her life and hear her perform. This was an enthralling life story and She is such an amazing performer I hope there are more works by Stacyanne Chin in the future!

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Redemption

This book has been the best book I have read in a very long time. It held my attention from beginning to end. I experienced a plethora of emotions from sad to joyful while reading this book. I found myself rooting for Stacey Ann Chinn throughout the reading. Phenomenal!

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Gifted storyteller! Had me completely captivated!

Excellent and worth every penny! The only thing better is seeing Staceyann perform it live.

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Honest. Powerful. Redemptive.

I rarely find a book I love. I loved this one. Staceyann’s memoir is captivating, illustrious, educating, and ends with a wonderful sense of personal redemption. The author did an amazing job uniting readers with the voice, culture, and spirituality of Jamaica. I really enjoyed it.

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Heartbreaking and real

Being Jamaican this story took me back and reminded me of another side of Jamaica I only heard about. Staceyann did an incredible job of telling her story or would be a shame to read it and not listen to her immerse you into her life. Excellent book!!!!

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Excellent

brave and insightful read. Excellent story telling. it is raw and unflinching. didn't want it to end.

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excellent story

This book had me laughing...crying...shocked...etc it kept my interest from beginning to end. absolutely worth a read!

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Therapy For My Soul

Absolutely Riveting! Thank you StaceyAnn Chin for speaking your truth so authentically, vulnerably, and powHerfully! Every single page of this book stirred my soul. I’m so glad I listened to the audio book because hearing you narrate it all made me feel more and more deeply connected to you. I resonated with many parts of your life journey and really felt the pain of StaceyAnn as a child. I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions that were sometimes so intense that I needed to take many breaks. In the end it took me 3 months to finish it. I actually started it just days before Covid-19 was confirmed as a global pandemic. Needless to say, this season has been like a spiritual bootcamp and I have worked through many deep layers of healing. Reading this book has definitely informed parts of my healing journey. The world is blessed to have women like you in it. Black, lesbian, and proud! Thank you and Asé. 🙏🏾

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Compelling and inspiring

Loved most everything about this audiobook. I feel like the experience was made that much better with Staceyanns reading of the text. I can’t imagine a better rendering. She cares everything and makes you laugh and cry with her. And her narrative voice is so powerful. All in all big up yuhself!

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dodged a bullet

I am glad she found herself. With all that book knowledge, she could have found a safer way to discover herself. I would like to have known the outcome of the unsuspecting youngster who entered the bathroom and saved her.

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Amazing story!

Well written, funnny and inspirational. I really enjoyed the colloquial language interwoven with standard english. Her journey towards self acceptance is admirable. Great listen!! two thumbs up

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