This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. The aftermath of the family debacle is her brother living with his father and Stacey placed in the care of a controlling aunt with lecherous sons. And I was just pulled into it completely. I hope to have the opportunity of seeing her at another book signing in the future. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant atrocities that she experienced growing up.
No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. So much terrible shit happens to her, and so many people despise her for not shutting up. No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day. . In reading the text, I could not have imagined how the story would be enlivened and made so much more profound through Chin's astounding performance. You see her grow from a child to a strong woman, overcoming odds such as abandonment, neglect, lack of love, and even sexual assault. For some, it can be more unfair than others.
This is a good, solid first write. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. Her work has been profiled in more than 21 newspapers, journals Staceyann Chin is a spoken-word poet, performing artist, and activist. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up. Staceyann Chin, acclaimed and iconic performance artist, now brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a brave, lyrical, and fiercely candid memoir about growing up in Jamaica.
Captured is the fire, passion, and light I experience when she performs. Eventually she is split up from her grandmother and brother when her mother comes back to Jamaica and causes her and her brother to be put out of her uncle's home after. She plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, and finding the man she believes to be her father and ultimately her voice. I had the wonderful experience of meeting this talent writer in person at an event in Philadelphia. My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her.
Having said that, if you want to know what a nation looks like and what it does to its people, especially its children, with 2% wealthy and 98% poverty--look to Jamaica. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter. There, she faced far greater troubles than absent parents. Chin is a good writer and her life story is interesting and even inspiring. So yeah, I started this about 4 days ago. For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem.
I admire her toughness; she wasn't afraid of anyone or anything. It isn't so much her literary elegance mixed in a cocktail of emotion, vulnerability and conviction, but her ability to depict her story in such a raw manner that demands your attention. Believe it or not, this is one of the few books that I never wanted to end. After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. Although the complainants may personally identify as multiracial, they present allegations of public discrimination rooted in a specific non-white and black bias that is not novel or particular to mixed-race persons.
I knew little about Ms. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. That was when I had bought her book in hard cover and had the joy of getting it signed by Staceyann Chin. Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. She was hilarious and entertaining! It is a beautiful read and a one which will have you turning the pages until there are none left to turn.
In a few words: spectacular, heart-breaking, affirming, encouraging, heart-warming, hilarious and downright amazing. Once, their mother came to visit them from where she lived in Montreal, Canada, though she quickly foisted them onto other relatives for good, leaving Chin, at age nine, to fend for herself in the shack of her harsh great-aunt whose boys routinely attempted to rape her. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years.