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Tourists ar­rive at an upmarket re­sort in Ja­maica’s Mon­tego Bay to sip cock­tails on pris­tine beaches, but be­hind the scenes is a world of suf­fer­ing, sac­ri­fice and a fam­ily striv­ing for a bet­ter life. Fol­low­ing the lives of three women in one fam­ily strug­gling to es­cape poverty in ru­ral Ja­maica, the novel ex­plores dif­fi­cult themes in crys­talline prose, per­fectly cap­tur­ing the ca­dences of their speech. At the cen­tre is Mar­got, who is hus­tling hard to send her younger sis­ter Thandi to school. When their vil­lage is threat­ened by en­croach­ing tourism, they each have to con­front the pain of the past. A pow­er­ful, beau­ti­fully-crafted de­but novel that speaks back to those who would re­duce Ja­maica to a tourist idyll or homophobic hell. With Booker-win­ning queer au­thor Mar­lon James lead­ing the cho­rus of fans, Ni­cole Dennis-benn’s Here Comes The Sun is des­tined to be­come a clas­sic. Oneworld, £12.99

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