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The Star Side of Bird Hill

Naomi Jackson

Two sisters are suddenly sent from their home in Brooklyn to Barbados to live with their grandmother, in this stunning debut novel . This lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, ages ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life. This tautly paced coming-of-age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family. Jackson’s Barbados and her characters are singular, especially the wise Hyacinth and the heartbreaking young Phaedra, who is coming into her own as a young woman amid the tumult of her family.

Two sisters are suddenly sent from their home in Brooklyn to Barbados to live with their grandmother, in this stunning debut novel . This lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, ages ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life. This tautly paced coming-of-age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family. Jackson’s Barbados and her characters are singular, especially the wise Hyacinth and the heartbreaking young Phaedra, who is coming into her own as a young woman amid the tumult of her family.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Two sisters are suddenly sent from their home in Brooklyn to Barbados to live with their grandmother, in this stunning debut novel . This lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, ages ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life. This tautly paced coming-of-age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family. Jackson’s Barbados and her characters are singular, especially the wise Hyacinth and the heartbreaking young Phaedra, who is coming into her own as a young woman amid the tumult of her family.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robin Miles

Length:

7h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

25:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

31:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

30:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:30