If I Survive You

If I Survive You

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/02/2023
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A major debut that follows a Jamaican family in Miami navigating recession, racism and Hurricane Andrew. 1979. Topper and Sanya flee to Miami as political violence consumes their native Kingston. But they soon learn that the welcome in America will be far from warm. Trelawny, their youngest son, comes of age in a society which regards him with suspicion and confusion, greeting him with the puzzled question 'What are you?' Their eldest son Delano's longing for a better future for his own children is equalled only by his recklessness in trying to secure it. As both brothers navigate the obstacles littered in their path - an unreliable father, racism, a financial crisis and Hurricane Andrew - they find themselves pitted against one another. Will their rivalry be the thing that finally tears their family apart? The thrilling linked stories in Jonathan Escoffery's If I Survive You pulse with inimitable style, heart and barbed humour while unravelling what it means to carve out an existence between cultures, homes and pay checks. They announce Escoffery as a chronicler of life at its most gruesome and hopeful.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008501211
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 27 mm

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If I Survive You
An important book!
Consisted of 8 interconnected short stories, If I Survive You followed a Jamaican family who migrated to the US in the 70s. I love interconnected stories, ... READ MORE
Sissi Zhang
If I Survive You
What Are You
“If I Survive You” is an eight story mosaic depicting a Jamaican family’s struggles to establish their lives once they land in America. The brilliant first... READ MORE
Michael Burke
If I Survive You
Connected Short Stories
Sorry to say this didn't work that well for me. I like the idea behind the book, but I felt it didn't live up to the hype for me. This is a set of connecte... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
If I Survive You
The American "Dream" in Miami
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery The novel in connected short stories that I didn't expect to love so much. In fact I like to at least samp... READ MORE
If I Survive You
A thought provoking and clever collection of stories!
8 stories, stand-alone in their storytelling but interconnected to form a mosaic of the immigrant’s experience through the eyes of a Jamaican family that h... READ MORE
Jennifer Li