Small Island

A Novel

Andrea Levy

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Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer's daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve.

Told in these four voices, Small Island is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers---in short, an encapsulation of that most American of experiences: the immigrant's life.

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Born in 1956 to Jamaican parents, Andrea Levy is the author of three previous novels and has received a British Arts Council Writers Award in addition to the Orange Prize and Whitbread distinctions. She lives and works in London.

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Small Island
A Novel
Andrea Levy

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Whitbread Book Award - Winner, National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee, Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction - Winner

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
April 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312424671
ISBN10: 0312424671
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$15.00

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Picador
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312429522
ISBN10: 0312429525
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$15.00

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April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429901079
ISBN10: 1429901071
448 pages
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