It is a good book and it showed the social issues that has resulted in many of the problems that Jamaica is experiencing now. And when Staceyann eventually runs into her brother again he is distant and acts as if he really doesn't want to know her. So, armed with a fierce determination and uncommon intelligence, she discovered a way to break out of this harshly unforgiving world. The separation of the then close-knit siblings causes irreparable damage; their relationship is broken, their closeness is severed and remains strained and distant well into adulthood. A half Jamaican and Chines Please note that I gave this book 4. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica.
This memoir is additionally interesting because of it's treatment of issues of gender relations, sexual and racial identities in Jamaica. She lives in Jamaica and struggles to find her real father who may or maynot be Junior Chin. You see her grow from a child to a strong woman, overcoming odds such as abandonment, neglect, lack of love, and even sexual assault. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian women, and coming out in a culture that is explicit about its repression of non-heterosexual desire. Staceyann breaks our hearts a little, and then brings us safely, gratefully, home. Despite her domestic problems, she does well in school, passes the exam to get into high school, and attends college with support from the man who denies being her father and from his brother who nevertheless considers her his niece.
She also shows me a culture I knew far too little about -- the everyday life of young people in Jamaica and the threat of violence looming over anyone who might be too independent or queer or outrageous. After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. She also shows me a culture I knew far too little about -- the everyday life of young people in Jamaica and the threat of violence looming over anyone who might be too independent or queer or outrageous. So, armed with a fierce determination and uncommon intelligence, she discovered a way to break out of this harshly unforgiving world. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian women, and coming out in a culture that is explicit about its repression of non-heterosexual desire. The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir.
How wonderful that this outrageous, talented, determined woman has given us her story. I thank her for sharing her pass experiences with the world. It felt like a whole new community I had no idea existed had sprung up. When the young girl discovers she can pleasure herself, I laughed and ached with her. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter. One thing as a reader that I was puzzled over was that when Staceyann meets the man that she believes is her father, why he and her mother had such a bad falling out.
The majority of the story is steeped in early childhood tales, whereas the young adult and collegiate years seemed rushed and clipped. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even feel part of the preceding chapters. The Other Side of Paradise captures the evocative struggle of one strong but fragile flower. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her partially-deaf, illiterate maternal grandmother. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years.
When her aged grandmother is una The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. This isA Portrait of the Artistwritten for our age. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a free-thinker, this one is a must read. The book sends you through a mix of emotions, sadness, anger and happiness. No alcohol will be served.
This story will make you feel a lot of things. If I was able to give this book 10 stars I would! A remarkable young woman emerges, whose gift for poetry has been forged by poverty, religiosity, and a circle of adults who found the child in their care. So, armed with a fierce determination and uncommon intelligence, she discovered a way to break out of this harshly unforgiving world. This is a good, solid first write. How wonderful that this outrageous, talented, determined woman has given us her story. Heartbreaking in some parts and amazingly uplifting in others. Her exceptional intelligence pulls her through but some of the things she experiences are unbelievable.
Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marriage to a lesbian of Puerto Rican descent. It is at times heartwrenching, inadvertently evoking compassion and sympathy from the reader, but it ends with closure, peace of mind and so much promise. I had the wonderful experience of meeting this talent writer in person at an event in Philadelphia. I wish I possessed that same spirit. The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. It was hard to put down.
The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have experienced such misfortunes in their own histories, but the style is light, self-reflective and witty. The Other Side of Paradise is Staceyann Chin's memoir about being born in Lottery, Jamaica. Set in a Jamaica far from the tourist brochures,The Other Side of Paradiseis Chin's rich and nuanced story of family and abandonment, love and brutality, and a child's struggle to survive and find a home that will accept her. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir. The book ends with her leaving the country, although there is a brief epilogue about her subsequent visits and what happened to her relatives. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her whole young life.