How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

Cherie Jones
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Lala is eight months pregnant when her waters break unexpectedly during the night. Her husband is nowhere to be found, so she flees the house in search of him. Adan has been out doing a burglary that has gone horribly wrong, and now he' s killed a white man. But a baby won' t wait, and Lala has to get to hospital where she learns three things: one - there is no toilet paper in hospital; two - the nurses shout that it' s your fault for getting pregnant, nothing to do with a man; three - they know the baby will be born dead and won' t consider calling a doctor. But Lala is determined to prove them wrong. Mira Whalen has only recently married Peter, the husband who now lies dead, sprawled across their bed. He loved her, his second wife and she loved him. But last night they had a row, and she wishes they hadn' t. Just as she wishes that she hadn' t confronted her husband' s murderer and pulled the stocking off his face. For now he knows who exactly who she is. HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE is the story of two marriages, and of a beautiful island paradise where, beyond the white sand beaches and the wealthy tourists, lies poverty, menacing violence and a desire among the women to speak out and survive.
This book unfolds around the reader like ripples in water, it offers an unflinching vision of what it means to have a body and to fight to protect that body, it demands attention. These are characters' voices I will be hearing for a long time and a book I will be recommending to everyone * Daisy Johnson * A hard-hitting and unflinching novel from a bold new writer who tackles head-on the brutal extremes of patriarchal abuse * Bernadine Evaristo * Cherie Jones' How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is an intricately plotted allegory that explores the consequences of believing that you know better than the women who made you and charts the inheritance of trauma that is all too common in Caribbean women' s lives. With rare compassion and deft storytelling, Jones renders a narrative that is haunting and unforgettable * Naomi Jackson * A gripping thriller, a symphony of voices and a novel of deep empathy * Mark Haddon * Here is a bright new star. Cherie Jones has talent abounding, drawing us with skill, delicacy and glorious style into a vortex of Bajan lives on the edge, clashing across class and colour divides. This is one of the strongest, most assured and heart-wrenching debuts I have ever read * Diana Evans *
Cherie Jones is a lawyer based in Barbados. She won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 1999. She then studied Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam in 2015, where she won both the Archie Markham Award and the A. M. Heath Prize. In 2015 she was also awarded a full fellowship from the Vermont Studio Centre. A collection of inter-connected stories set in a different small community in Barbados won the third prize in the Frank Collymore Endowment Awards in 2016