U.S.A. / 2015
"Two sisters, age 10 and 16, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister Dionne live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother, Hyacinth. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life..." — Bio via the author's website. I learned that Naomi Jackson also did the Fulbright in South Africa, like me! She also got her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, very unlike me.