Red Jacket

Red Jacket

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Univ of Toronto Pr
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize 2015 - Short-listed

Growing up on the Caribbean island of St. Chris, Grace Carpenter never feels like she really belongs. Although her large, extended family is black, she is a redibo. Her skin is copper-coloured, her hair is red, and her eyes are grey. A neighbour taunts her, calling her “a little red jacket,” but the reason for the insult is never explained. Only much later does Grace learn the story of her birth mother and decipher the mystery surrounding her true identity.

Teased for her light skin and red hair during her childhood on St. Chris, Grace is puzzled about why she looks different from her family. As she comes into adulthood, Grace confronts the mystery of her own identity and the story of her birth mother in this sprawling, large-hearted novel.

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Growing up as part of a large, loving family on the Caribbean island of St. Chris, Grace Carpenter is happy but puzzled about her identity. Although her extended family is black, she is a redibo, with copper-coloured skin, freckles, reddish hair, and grey eyes. Sometimes she gets called names, but the question of why she is different is never explained.

As this masterful novel unfolds, we gradually learn the story of Grace's birth mother, just a teenager herself, and why Grace was adopted by the Carpenters. As she grows and prospers, she is still plagued by the mystery surrounding her birth and a yearning to understand her heritage and who she truly is.

Publisher: Toronto : TAP Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781459729407
Branch Call Number: FIC MOR
Characteristics: 462 p. ;,22 cm.

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