Stories from Yard
These diverse, subtly constructed stories offer hope amid the violence and fear that some characters experience as they struggle to grow in 'Yard' and other places far from Kingston.
Fiction, Short Stories
United States of America
09 Sep 2005
In the stories set in Jamaica life is hard, and the comforts of ‘away’ are idealized. But in the cold of the streets of the North, there is no passport to success for the people of Yard. Only their resilience, optimism, humour and friendship (and the comforts of beer and ganja) help them make their way. Meanwhile, in the ‘diaspora dance’ of migrants trying to find their place in Europe or North America, new connections and new possibilities are being created.
These stories are coolly unsentimental, but also filled with humour and moments of joy, as when Marie, a middle-aged Jamaican reggae singer, finds the sweet flavour of cane juice lingering on her young Brazilian lover’s tongue.