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Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

Audiofile Earphones Award Winner 2021

In Baxter's Beach, Barbados, Lala's grandmother, Wilma, tells the story of the one-armed sister, a cautionary tale about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers.

For Wilma, it's the story of a wilful adventurer, who ignores the warnings of those around her, and suffers as a result.

When Lala grows up, she sees it offers hope - of life after losing a baby in the most terrible of circumstances and marrying the wrong man.

And Mira Whalen? It's about keeping alive, trying to make sense of the fact that her husband has been murdered and she didn't get the chance to tell him that she loved him after all.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is the powerful, intense story of three marriages and of a beautiful island paradise where, beyond the white sand beaches and the wealthy tourists, lies poverty, menacing violence and the story of the sacrifices some women make to survive.

©2021 Cherie Jones (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"Jones' atmospheric debut has a multiracial, multigenerational cast who are brilliantly and even-handedly portrayed." (Sunday Times) 

"Rare is the first book that reveals the writer fully formed, the muscles and sinews of her sentences firm and taut, the voice distinctly her own." (Washington Post)

"A bright new star. Cherie Jones draws us with skill, delicacy and glorious style into a vortex of Bajan lives on the edge." (Diana Evans) 

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  • 29-04-21

Brilliant

This well-written and beautifully narrated book underlines the fact that to every life there is a story. So good.

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Incredible

Absolutely incredible. Very dark themes but deftly wielded to craft a stunning and unforgettable story.

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Fantastic

The excellent narration lent some authenticity to the story. The story itself was beautifully tragic from start to finish.

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fantastic read

The descriptive detail made this book come alive as I read. Brilliantly written. Wow, what a rollercoaster I'm sweating. Thank you, Cherie Jones.

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Brilliant

Excellent narration of a powerful story. Disturbing and dark with an occasional glimmer of hope, this book should be read - if you can cope with reality, pain and disturbed sleep.