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A Million Aunties


American-born artist Chris is forced to reconsider his conception of family during a visit to his mother’s Caribbean homeland.

Forthcoming: 11/17/20

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What people are saying…

A Million Aunties is an elegantly written and emotionally engrossing work of fiction.”
Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize–winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

A Million Aunties gives us the stories of an unlikely cross-world community brought together by anguish, loss, difference, the healing gifts of art, and above all, the loves of women. Under her deceptively revealing title, Alecia McKenzie recreates Jamaica’s enduring traditions in fresh and illuminating ways that make this one of the most avant-garde fictions I have read in a long time.”
—Curdella Forbes, author of A Tall History of Sugar

Praise for Alecia McKenzie:

“McKenzie has infused this lovely novel with such life and such passion . . . [Sweetheart is] a dazzling celebration of human connection.”
Maple Tree Literary Supplement, on Sweetheart


After a personal tragedy upends his world, American-born artist Chris travels to his mother’s homeland in the Caribbean hoping to find some peace and tranquility. He plans to spend his time painting in solitude and coming to terms with his recent loss and his fractured relationship with his father. Instead, he discovers a new extended and complicated “family,” with their own startling stories, including a love triangle. The people he meets help him to heal, even as he supports them in unexpected ways, through his art.

Told from different points of view, this is a compelling novel about unlikely love, friendship, and community, with several surprises along the way. The story takes place against the backdrop of rural Jamaica, New York City, and Paris, France.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Published: 11/17/20
  • IBSN: 9781617758928
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758959


ALECIA McKENZIE is a Jamaican writer currently based in France. Her first collection of short stories, Satellite City, and her novel, Sweetheart, have both won Commonwealth Writers prizes. Sweetheart has been translated into French and was awarded the Prix Carbet des Lycéens in 2017. Her other books include Stories from Yard, Doctor’s Orders, and When the Rain Stopped in Natland. McKenzie’s work has appeared in a range of literary magazines and in anthologies such as Stories from Blue Latitudes, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, Bridges, Global Tales, Girls Night In, and To Exist Is to Resist. She edited a collection of contemporary Jamaican short stories and coedited Where We Started: Stories of Living Between Worlds, an anthology of writing from different countries. Her latest novel is A Million Aunties.

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