294 pages, $17.95
3L Publishing, 2011
This is not a travel guidebook that lists accommodations, attractions and activities.
It is, however, a story of Jamaica by a Jamaican who weaves true-life stories of her island's heritage, history, culture and politics throughout this memoir and family saga.
Jennings' book delves into the history of Jamaica, from slavery to rebellions and revolutions, as told through her grandmother's recountings of those events.
The author paints a picture of Jamaica through family bonds, values, challenges and issues that shaped her life as a Jamaican growing up in Jamaica.
It is a portrait of Jamaica far removed from the brochure descriptions of sun, sand and sea. Read it alongside those brochures and online reviews. It's a good read. -- Gay Nagle Myers