How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

A debut novel in the tradition of Zadie Smith and Marlon James, from a brilliant Caribbean writer, set in Barbados, about four people each desperate to escape their legacy of violence in a so-called "paradise."

In Baxter Beach, Barbados, moneyed ex-pats clash with the locals who often end up serving them: braiding their hair, minding their children, and selling them drugs. Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the Baxter 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 by desperation and greed who attempt a crime that will risk their freedom -- and their lives.

Title:How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316536981
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    What are secrets but things we want to forget? I was yesterday years old when I discovered this existed . . . . Turns out I’ve read nearly all of their selections. And not only read them, but ...

  • BookOfCinz

    The story opens with a Grandmother telling her daughter a tale about two sisters, a good sister and a “bad” sister. The bad sister went to a place she was told not to go to because there were mons...

  • Barbara

    After listening to “How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House” by Cherie Jones (narrated by Danielle Vitalis), I don’t want to go to Barbados. This story takes place in fictional Baxter’s Beac...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    I read this book due to its longlisting for the 2021 Women’s Prize – a very varied longlist, with this I think the hardest hitting book and, sadly, the most topical despite its almost tragically t...

  • Miriam Smith (A Mother?s Musings)

    The intriguingly named “How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House” by Cherie Jones is one powerful and raw debut novel, that is both heart wrenching and brutal and not for the faint hearted.Set in...

  • Erin

    Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown &Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. This novel set in Barbados tackles themes of poverty, domestic abuse, drug trafficking and the relation...

  • Basic B's Guide

    Trigger heavy for domestic abuse this felt like it was trauma after trauma. I went into this one with high expectations and the writing is stunning in this debut but my heart just hurts. Having listen...

  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf

    I loved this book. It was better than I expected, but I don't really know what I was expecting. I listened to the audio version and I found the narrator's voice to be both haunting and intoxicating. I...

  • Callie Browning

    How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her house primarily tells the story of Lala Primus, a young woman whose life bears curses and trauma that she isn’t even fully aware of. The name of the book is deriv...

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**

    I was fortunate and received an ARC of How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones and I am so happy to have been able to read this debut early. Jones has created complex characters faci...