352 pages, 0.88 × 5 × 7.75 in
February 3, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0747261148
ISBN - 13: 9780747261148
From the Publisher
A unique novel full of humour, wit and passion from Andrea Levy, critically acclaimed author of the Orange Prize winning SMALL ISLAND and the Man Booker shortlisted THE LONG SONG.
Faith Jackson fixes herself up with a great job in TV and the perfect flatshare. But neither is that perfect - and nor are her relations with her overbearing, though always loving family. Furious and perplexed when her parents announce their intention to retire back home to Jamaica, Faith makes her own journey there, where she is immediately welcomed by her Aunt Coral, keeper of a rich cargo of family history. Through the weave of her aunt's storytelling a cast of characters unfolds stretching back to Cuba and Panama, Harlem and Scotland, a story that passes through London and sweeps through continents.
About the Author
Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948. After attending writing workshops when she was in her mid-thirties, Levy began to write the novels that she, as a young woman, had always wanted to read - entertaining novels that reflect the experiences of black Britons, which look at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean.
She has written five novels, been a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Orange Futures and the Saga Prize, and has been a recipient of an Arts Council Award. Her most recent novel, THE LONG SONG, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and her acclaimed novel SMALL ISLAND won the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction: Best of the Best, the Whitbread Novel Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, was adapted into a major BBC TV drama.
From Our Editors
After college, Faith Jackson finds her perfect flat and perfect job, which means so much to her status conscious parents, and are really less than perfect for her. Angered by her parent's decision to return to Jamaica, Faith follows them there where she meets her Aunt Coral. Coral tells Faith stories about her ancestors who, contrary to historical belief, came from many different countries including Cuba, Harlem and Scotland. Fruit of The Lemon is proof of Andrea Levy's deep understanding of the social complexities characterizing modern British life.
'Bright and inventive'-Independent