Nominated by:

The National Library Service, Bridgetown, Barbados

Publisher of nominated edition:

Bloomsbury, UK and USA

Gloria

Kerry Young      

2015 Longlist

Jamaica, 1938. Gloria Campbell is sixteen years old when a single violent act changes her life forever. She and her younger sister flee their hometown to forge a new life in Kingston. As all around them the city convulses with political change, Gloria’s desperation and striking beauty lead her to Sybil and Beryl, and a house of ill-repute where she meets Yang Pao, a Kingston racketeer whose destiny becomes irresistibly bound with her own.
Sybil kindles in Gloria a fire of social justice which will propel her to Cuba and a personal and political awakening that she must reconcile with the realities of her life, her love of Jamaica and a past that is never far behind her.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of a country on the cusp of a new era, Gloria is an enthralling and illuminating story of love and redemption.

(From author website)

About the Author

Kerry Young was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese father and a mother of mixed Chinese-African heritage. She came to England in 1965 and lives in Leicestershire.

Librarians’ Comments

Gloria is a tale of Jamaica’s personal and political awakening in the mid 1900s told through the life of a young girl but at its core it is a heartfelt love letter to Jamaica’s past.

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