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In this outstanding debut collection, Arthurs weaves together stories of home—whether characters are longing for the intricacies of their homeland, returning to a forgotten one, or seeking familial ties to an unknown place. Spoken from a variety of perspectives, Arthurs reflects on the trials of interracial relationships versus black love, isolating cultural differences, and the forlorn experience of dreaming of, but not wanting, a partner and kids. Life in beautiful Jamaica, or the memory of it, is the thread that ties each story together. This collection is filled with hurt and sorrow, but also much joy—a great summer read.

How to Love a Jamaican: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524799229
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 18th, 2019

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 Belinda and Mary, two young live-in maids at the same house in Ghana, become fast friends. But they are suddenly torn apart when Belinda is sent to a Ghanaian family in London to help their westernized child, Amma, out of a rebellious slump. Her new living situation is complicated and difficult to process, but Mary's constant communications from Ghana center Belinda and help her to avoid completely breaking down—until tragedy strikes. Donkor perfectly peppers Twi throughout, which helps create the authentic tone of this marvelously written debut novel.



Housegirl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250305176
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Published: Picador - August 28th, 2018

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Ayesha Harruna Attah masterfully weaves together a juxtaposition of a loved and lovely African land that was thoroughly torn apart by the precolonial slave trade. Aminah and Wurche lead extremely different lives, one of royalty and the other of slavery, but they are thrust into each other’s worlds at the height of tensions in a region coming to a boiling point. The struggles they endure and overcome together are a testament to the courage of these two women, as well as that of an entire land, in their effort to see their country as beautiful again. 


The Hundred Wells of Salaga: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590519950
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Published: Other Press - February 5th, 2019