The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir

The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Tags: bigotry, gay, jamaica, lesbian
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Year: 2009

Surviving a rugged birth and the violent streets of Kingston is difficult enough. Staceyann must do it without parents. She also must survive as a lesbian in the hyper-homophobic culture. The Other Side of Paradise exposes another side of Jamaica, beyond the white beaches, smiling faces, and elements familiar to tourists and movie watchers...

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No one knew Staceyann’s mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother’s house in Lottery, Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann’s mother did not want her, and her father was not present. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive.

It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica. There, she faced far greater troubles than absent parents. So, armed with a fierce determination and uncommon intelligence, she discovered a way to break out of this harshly unforgiving world.

Staceyann Chin, acclaimed and iconic performance artist, now brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a brave, lyrical, and fiercely candid memoir about growing up in Jamaica. She plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, and finding the man she believes to be her father and ultimately her voice. Hers is an unforgettable story told with grace, humor, and courage.

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