9th Ave: Dionne Irving with Jonathan Escoffery

Monday, March 20, 2023 - 7:00pm

Cover of Dionne Irving's The Islands. The cover has a collaged image of a metal fence, long beach grass, sand, and turquoise sea. The title and author name are in bold black writing down the center.
Join us on Monday, March 20 at 7pm PT when Dionne Irving celebrates The Islands with Jonathan Escoffery at 9th Ave!

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Praise for The Islands
"An expansive collection . . . For many of the characters, finding their place in the world, where they will be accepted and truly assimilate, is the running theme of their lives—the quintessential immigrant story, no matter where and when in time. I love this new voice giving life to Caribbean stories." —Keishel Williams, A NPR Best Book of the Year

"Dionne Irving's groundbreaking debut collection is as insightful as it is unflinching. At times humorous and at times heartbreaking, The Islands illuminates the complex history and current condition of the far-flung Jamaican diaspora, bringing it to the page as it's never before been seen. Cultures collide between and within households, between and within characters, making for compelling stories about identity and belonging. An unforgettable read and a balm for anyone still searching for home." —Jonathan Escoffery, author of If I Survive You

"The stories in The Islands are darkly comic, raw, and boldly propulsive. Irving is attentive to the inner landscapes of the women who leave the Island in search of a place where they can be distinctly themselves, unmediated by the legacies of colonialism. The Islands is a radiant, at times surreal, and complex meditation on identity and the tragic absurdity of the search for home." —Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, author of Savage Tongues

About The Islands
Powerful stories that explore the legacy of colonialism, and issues of race, immigration, sexual discrimination, and class in the lives of Jamaican women across London, Panama, France, Jamaica, Florida and more.

The Islands follows the lives of Jamaican women—immigrants or the
descendants of immigrants—who have relocated all over the world to escape the ghosts of colonialism on what they call the Island. Set in the United States, Jamaica, and Europe, these international stories examine the lives of an uncertain and unsettled cast of characters. In one story, a woman and her husband impulsively leave San Francisco and move to Florida with wild dreams of American reinvention only to unearth the cracks in their marriage. In another, the only Jamaican mother—who is also a touring comedienne—at a prep school feels pressure to volunteer in the school’s International Day. Meanwhile, in a third story, a travel writer finally connects with the mother who once abandoned her.

Set in locations and times ranging from 1950s London to 1960s Panama to modern-day New Jersey, Dionne Irving reveals the intricacies of immigration and assimilation in this debut, establishing a new and unforgettable voice in Caribbean-American literature. Restless, displaced, and disconnected, these characters try to ground themselves—to grow where they find themselves planted—in a world in which the tension between what’s said and unsaid can bend the soul.

About Dionne Irving
Dionne Irving is originally from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has appeared in StoryBoulevardLitHubMissouri Review, and New Delta Review, among other journals and magazines. Her first novel Quint came out in the fall of 2021.She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program and the Initiative on Race and Resilience at the University of Notre Dame, and lives in Indiana with her husband and son.

About Jonathan Escoffery
Jonathan Escoffery
is the author of the linked story collection, If I Survive You, a New York Times and Booklist Editor’s Choice, an IndieNext Pick, and a National Bestseller. If I Survive You has been longlisted for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize For Debut Short Story Collection, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Story Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Southern Book Prize, and the California Bookseller Alliance’s Golden Poppy Award. It has been named a ‘best’ or ‘most anticipated’ book by The New YorkerThe New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, People, Oprah DailyGQ, Good Morning America online, Apple Books, Goodreads, Booklist, Vox, BuzzFeed, VultureL.A. Times, Shondaland, TIME, The Root, Vanity Fair, Kirkus, The Millions, BET, O Quarterly MagazineReal Simple, and elsewhere.

The Islands: Stories By Dionne Irving Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220663
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Catapult - November 1st, 2022

Shortlisted for the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
A Hurston Wright Legacy Award Nominee
Longlisted for the 2023 New American Voices Award
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

If I Survive You By Jonathan Escoffery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374605988
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: MCD - September 6th, 2022


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