Card’s profound, assured debut explores Jamaican colonial history to uncover a family’s painful past. Spanning two centuries and eight generations of the Paisley family, the narrative begins in 2005 with Stanford Solomon, a Jamaican immigrant to the United States who was once known as Abel Paisley before faking his own death 35 years earlier, assuming his dead friend’s identity, and estranging himself from his family. As Card traces the family’s roots back through Jamaica’s history under British rule and enslavement, literal and figurative ghosts animate the novel, and a wrenching description of the violent 1831 Christmas Rebellion and its aftermath reveals that Stanford was not the first of the Paisleys to rewrite the history of their lineage.
3 meetings: Mondays, November 16, 23 and 30, from 8:00-8:45 p.m.
Meeting 1: Read to the end of chapter titled "Atonement"
Meeting 2: Read from chapter titled "Forgive Me" to the end
Meeting 3: Meet Author Maisy Card
Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/91772195416