Sunday, July 10, 2016

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Joanne C. Hillhouse

Antiguan and Barbudan Joanne C. Hillhouse is the author of Oh Gad! (Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster), The Boy from Willow Bend (Macmillan/Hansib), Fish Outta Water (Pearson), and Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (Macmillan). Her fiction also appears in the anthologies So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing (A Different Publisher), In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Insomniac Press) and For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone (Black Classic Press/MZWrightNow Publications). She also has new writing forthcoming in Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (Peekash) and A Letter for My Mother (Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals including Womanspeak: A Journal of Literature and Art by Caribbean Women, Tongues of the Ocean, Mythium: the Journal of Contemporary Literature, The Missing Slate, Ma Comère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, The Caribbean Writer, Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings,SX Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform, Poui: the Cave Hill Literary Annual, Womanspeak, and more. Hillhouse's awards include a Breadloaf fellowship, the David Hough Literary Prize, and a UNESCO Honour Award for contribution to literacy and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. She's founder and co-ordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize -  - promoting the literary arts among young people in Antigua and Barbuda. She works as a freelance writer and editor. Like her at  Also check out   — Read more:

 This is a review for Oh Gad!: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Joanne C. Hillhouse - This is definitely one of the best books I've read in a while. It pulled me in and took me on an exciting journey from New York to a beguiling Caribbean isle. The story is deep with many layers and interesting characters that evoked an array of emotions, including happiness, laughter, anger, confusion, pity and pride. A well-written book. The last time I felt this way about a book was when I read Toni Morrison's 'Song of Solomon' over 10 years ago. I developed a love-hate relationship with the main character Niki Baltimore. I was more often than not frustrated by her actions and couldn't decide if I wanted to hug her or scold her. Aeden's character is simply colourful. He felt true, real. The use of the local dialect enhances the books authenticity while the characters have universal appeal. By the end of the book my favourite character was the island. Although fictional, the book hints at the island's socio-political reality and history that leaves me wanting to know more about it. I eagerly await the author's next novel. Read more:

This is a review for Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (Macmillan Caribbean Writers) by Joanne C. Hillhouse - Selena's ex-husband has left her in a strange land with a baby and two younger sisters to care for. It's hard for Spanish-speaking immigrants to get work, and Selena earns little from the crochet dolls and doilies she makes to sell. The middle sister, Celia, works in a hotel at a job she hates, but it pays the rent and puts food on the table. Pamela is still at school. The three came from the Dominican Republic in the hope of a better living in Antigua. But Antiguans are hostile to the immigrant community in their midst, seeing the newcomers as intruders come to steal away their jobs and their men folk. Only Pamela settles easily into the new life. Read more:

This is a review for The Boy from Willow Bend by Joanne C. Hillhouse - I found the story of the boy in the novel, The Boy from Willow Bend, by Joanne Hillhouse, to be a universal one. The story, set in Antigua, is about an adolescent child who blooms despite impossible situations and conditions. The road to adulthood is filled with joy and pain. It is a story that plays out in every culture. This child, who grew up in a road which, symbolically and physically, leads to a dead end, learns after many disappointments, that it does bend after all and he is given a chance to escape violence and poverty. He learns valuable lessons from adversity. These lessons, he learns, will later become the most instructive in creating a future path. - by Althea Romeo-Mark Read more:

This is a review for Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse - I grew up in Antigua, and reading Musical Youth transported me back into time when I was a secondary school student. I reminisced on the close friendships I'd made, very much like Shaka and his crew, and I could also relate to making friends with "the butter skin" girl. Through Joanne's vivid writing, I felt Shaka and Zahara's passion for music and I shared in the excitement and nervousness of preparing for the end of summer show. I was swept up into the twist at the end and was thoroughly engaged from the first page to the last. Great read! Read more:

Joanne C Hillhouse talks CODE workshop and new book Musical Youth - video by AntiguanWriter

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