- Paperback: 224 pages
- Published: 4/22/14
- IBSN: 9781617752711
- e-IBSN: 9781617752834
- Genre: Fiction
A pan-Caribbean anthology of original short stories culled from the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
“This wonderful anthology of fresh voices from the Caribbean . . . 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 wonder in these stories is that they show Caribbean culture—the people, sounds, food, and music . . . this book will appeal to readers of Caribbean fiction and beyond.”
“One of my favorite reads of the last few months . . . sophisticated and engrossing . . . A big recommendation today for one and all.”
—Chicago Center for Literature & Photography
“[Pepperpot] leaps headfirst into audacious narrative water, sustaining a diversity in storytelling that’s indicative of the panoply of ways to love, sin, and write about it, in these our unpredictable, conjoined societies.”
—Caribbean Beat Magazine
“Readers are in for a treat when they open the pages to taste the mélange of literary Caribbean cuisine. Spicy and filling!”
—The Gleaner (Jamaica), “Sizzling Books for Summer Reading”
“If you want a masterclass in how to start your stories with a bang, this is the book for you. . . . This is an exciting and heartening book. It proves—if anyone was in any doubt—that the Caribbean has plenty of homegrown literary talent to draw upon.”
—A Year of Reading the World (Book of the Month for August 2014)
“Take Pepperpot along on vacation. It’s an ideal summer read.”
“Pepperpot is an eclectic mix of adventure, humor, the spirit world, family relationships, and other subject matters which gives you something to think about.”
—Ski-wee’s Book Corner
Featuring a preface by Olive Senior.
Includes the 2013 Commonwealth Prize–winning story “The Whale House” by Sharon Millar.
Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, two of the foremost publishers of Caribbean literature, launch a joint Caribbean-focused imprint, Peekash Press, with this anthology. Consisting entirely of brand-new stories by authors living in the region (not simply authors from the region), this collection gathers the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, including a mix of established and up-and-coming writers from islands throughout the Caribbean.
Featuring these brand-new stories:
“The Whale House” by Sharon Millar (Trinidad & Tobago)
“A Good Friday” by Barbara Jenkins (Trinidad & Tobago)
“Reversal of Fortunes” by Kevin Baldeosingh (Trinidad & Tobago)
“The Monkey Trap” by Kevin Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago)
“The Science of Salvation” by Dwight Thompson (Jamaica)
“Waywardness” by Ezekel Alan (Jamaica)
“Berry” by Kimmisha Thomas (Jamaica)
“Father, Father” by Garfield Ellis (Jamaica)
“All the Secret Things No-One Ever Knows” by Sharon Leach (Jamaica)
“This Thing We Call Love” by Ivory Kelly (Belize)
“And the Virgin’s Name Was Leah” by Heather Barker (Barbados)
“Amelia” by Joanne C. Hillhouse (Antigua & Barbuda)
“Mango Summer” by Janice Lynn Mather (Bahamas)
Akashic Books is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers.
Peepal Tree Press is home of the best in Caribbean and Black British fiction, poetry, literary criticism, memoirs and historical studies.
Peepal Tree is a wholly independent company, founded in 1985, and now publishing around 30-40 books a year. We have published over 250 titles, and are committed to keeping them in print. The list features new writers and established voices. In 2009 we launched the Caribbean Modern Classics Series, which restores to print essential classic books from the 1950s and 60s. We are grateful for financial support from Arts Council England. We are also home to Inscribe, a project which supports writers of African & Asian descent in the Yorkshire region.
Our focus is on what George Lamming calls the Caribbean nation, wherever it is in the world, though we are also concerned with Black British writing. We publish fiction, poetry and a range of academic and non-fiction titles. Our goal is always to publish books that make a difference, and though we always want to achieve the best possible sales, we’re most concerned with whether a book will still be alive in the future.
We are based in Leeds in Yorkshire, part of a growing, independent publishing sector outside London. Everything happens at 17 King’s Avenue, in the Burley area, a rundown, multicultural part of Leeds (where business rates are low and you can get a good massala fish across the road). Visitors are always welcome and over the years a good many of our writers have called by. One was Tony Kellman, Barbadian poet and novelist, who found the only warm place during the Leeds winter was by the boiler in the basement!