Award-winning Jamaican author, Horane Smith, is taking his readers from the busy streets of New York City to the serene beaches of Montego Bay, in his new novel Seven Days in Jamaica. The new novel is his seventh book.
Seven Days in Jamaica tells the story of one New Yorker’s determination to escape the grip of his over-possessive and affluent parents to begin a new life on his own, starting with a vacation in the land of reggae – an island he always wanted to visit. But the transition he envisaged was not going to be as easy as he had originally thought. As far as his challenges were concerned, he had two choices: sink or swim.
"It’s a novel for everyone, especially the adventurous, the traveler, or those who face a similar predicament while growing up," said Smith, who has written novels ranging from slavery legends to reggae music.
"The reader will be taken on a real vacation inclusive of the beautiful sights and sounds of Jamaica coupled with intrigue, romance, and suspense," he added.
Smith’s first novel Lover’s Leap: Based on the Jamaican Legend is one of the island’s best-selling books and its sequel, Dawn at Lover’s Leap, was a finalist in the 2006 USA Booknews Best Book Awards for Historical Fiction. His other novels are Underground to Freedom, a novel about the Underground Railroad to Canada, The Lynching Stream about lynchings in America, Port Royal, a tale of the pirates who roamed the waters of the Caribbean in the 17th century, and Reggae Silver, the story of one young singer’s desire to become the biggest superstar since Bob Marley.
In 2004, Smith was the first recipient of the BURLA Award for outstanding contribution to African-Canadian and Caribbean Literature. He has also been honoured by the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation for his contribution to Jamaican literature.
The novel will be launched in Jamaica shortly.
Horane Smith, Author
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