By Staceyann Chin
Not anyone knew Staceyann's mom used to be pregnant till a dangerously small child was once born at the flooring of her grandmother's apartment in Lottery, Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann's mom didn't wish her, and her father was once no longer current. nobody, other than her grandmother, idea Staceyann may survive.
It was once her grandmother who nurtured and guarded and supplied for Staceyann and her older brother within the early years. but if the 3 have been separated, Staceyann was once thrust, on my own, into an unexpected and dysfunctional domestic in Paradise, Jamaica. There, she confronted some distance better problems than absent mom and dad. So, armed with a fierce selection and unusual intelligence, she came across the way to get away of this harshly unforgiving world.
Staceyann Chin, acclaimed and iconic functionality artist, now brings her remarkable abilities to the web page in a courageous, lyrical, and fiercely candid memoir approximately transforming into up in Jamaica. She plumbs smooth and unsettling thoughts as she writes approximately drifting from one domestic to the following, popping out as a lesbian, and discovering the guy she believes to be her father and eventually her voice. Hers is an unforgettable tale informed with grace, humor, and braveness.
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Through the other, plates piled on a table. There is a fridge and a dining table and a cabinet with pretty glasses and plates and cups in it. A very old man is asleep in a big chair. He groans as I pass. But he does not wake up.
Com For Bernice, who stayed The Other Side of Paradise Contents Prologue Part I Suffer the Children In Everything Give Thanks In My Father’s House Fret Not As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord Be of Good Courage Dominion Over Every Living Thing But the Greatest of These Is Charity The Prodigal Provoke Not Your Children I Will Come Again Like a Thief in the Night The Word Became Flesh The Evidence of Things Not Seen Part II God Helps Those Who Help Themselves Put Away Childish Things As a Bear Lying in Wait Let Him Kiss Me… You Shall Have Treasure The Sins of the Father With the Kisses of His Mouth Take Up Your Bed and Walk Heaven and Earth Will Pass Away, but My Words Will Not Pass Away Part III The Beginning of Knowledge As a Man Sows Gave Themselves Over to Vile Affections Love as I Have Loved You Ye Without Sin Cast the First Stone I Will Make a Way Epilogue Acknowledgments Prologue The front of the car was not designed for having sex.
She narrows her eyes at me and asks Delano what happened. He tells her, “Miss Lerlene, I never do anything to her! ” “Miss Lerlene, that is not true! Is him take him stinking hymnal and hit me in me head first! ” Miss Lerlene grabs me by the shoulder and shakes me. “Stacey, this is not the place to use those words. And you should speak when you are spoken to. I did not ask you. So just keep that filthy mouth shut, young lady. ” She listens to Delano. Then she turns to me. “Stacey, you are a real problem in God’s kingdom.