— Mark Eleveld
"Pepperpot" received a very favourable advanced review (see below) from Booklist for their upcoming April issue. Booklist is one of the main trade publications in the US.
This wonderful anthology of fresh voices from the Caribbean is a commingling of minds in every sense: Six Partners Commonwealth Writers and the British Council invited Brooklyn’s Akashic Books and Leeds, England’s Peepal Tree Press to the Kingston Book Festival in 2013, and “over a few beers, we (Johnny Temple from Akashic and Jeremy Poynting from Peepal Tree) agreed that we work together.” This vivid collection includes writers from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. The diverse textures of the stories by 13 established and new authors weave a tapestry of the islands, water, sand, ocean breeze, and rum. Vivid settings serve as backdrops for a dazzling display of personalities. The Commonwealth Prize–winning story, “The Whale House,” by Sharon Millar, sets the tone: “Sometimes after heavy rain, stones clatter lightly on the roof as the soil shifts and moves behind the house. Her parents’ ashes are buried here in the rocky, flinty, soil, but Laura and Mark scatter the baby’s ashes in the ocean . . . .”
— Mark Eleveld
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