Finally! Released! For all those who have waited patiently, here it is: the first novel! The Jamaica Observer review said: “A Brilliantly Innovative Debut”, and “A Magnificent Piece of Work!” (See the full Jamaica Observer Bookends review – Sunday March 4, 2012.) The Book is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Bookophilia Hope Road, Kingston Bookshop, and Sangsters bookstore in Jamaica.
Here’s the gist of what customers on Amazon are saying:
“I was transported to another world, where I was appalled, moved, shaken by laughter and given liberal dollops of food for thought, in equal measures. A masterful effort by a talented and unique writer!” – Waspishwit, PR Consultant.
This poignant, hilarious and candid memoir rings true and hits home hard… Indeed the language is raw, and the creolese may be befuddling to non-Caribbean readers, but the meaning and sentiment is always conveyed with complete honesty and clarity… This is the Jamaica that you won’t see from your Ocho Rios beach chair… To be honest, I read it in one sitting as I didn’t want to put it down. Highly recommended for those seeking a true West Indian experience. – Amanda Richards, April 14, 2012 (Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer)
This is a quite stunning (and in places shocking!) debut novel from Mr. Alan. The variety in the language and the rhythms that the narrator uses in telling his tale are both stimulating and at times unsettling as you are left wondering about the narrator’s mental state while he tries to come to terms with some of the terrible memories of his childhood. I think the book that this most reminded me of is Angela’s Ashes…This is a book I can see myself reading more than once and I firmly expect to read it again in a few years just because there’s such depth and imagination to it that I expect to get something new out of it every time I pick it up. – L. Hughes (USA)
“Ezekel Alan’s book wowed me throughout on many levels…Ezekel displays gorgeous poetry, joy, beauty, culture, ideals, horror, sin, murder, fear, suspicion and faith, all surging through his tale.” –Kate Policani, Author of The Disenchanted Pet.
“Riveting, vivid, raw, yet authentic…. Mr. Alan has done a truly remarkable job of encapsulating the plight of the poor while reminding us that even in poverty there is humanity, laughter, pride, and ambition.” – C. Manning, Dacula, GA
“This is a compelling story weaved together by a literary grace that had me laughing so hard at times and then had me in tears at other moments as we go on this journey of self-exploration with the author. I was intrigued from the first page right through to the very end…” – Miss Anonymous, Bonafide Jamaican
Ten year old Kenneth Lovelace often went to bed without dinner. Instead of feeling hunger, however, what he mostly felt was fear and shame, knowing that his family’s increasing poverty was the reason he had no food. Kenneth also recalls his bitterness whenever his parents locked him out of their tiny, one-room house to act on their ‘urge’. This was in the 1970s, when Jamaica’s socialist regime was dragging the country into bankruptcy, and when an Old Timer had told him that he was cursed since birth.