Limbo: A Novel about Jamaica by Esther FigueroaLimbo: A Novel about Jamaica by Esther Figueroa

Limbo: A Novel about Jamaica

byEsther Figueroa

Hardcover | March 4, 2014

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Flora Smith, Jamaican scientist and head of tiny NGO Environment Now, dedicates her life to getting Jamaicans to care about the natural environment. At the opening of Limbo, Flora is confronted by the nagging reality of not having enough money to keep her organization afloat. When sand is stolen from a resort development owned by a wealthy donor, she becomes embroiled in corrupt politics, dirty money, and a murder. In Jamaica, the land of “No problem, mon,” everything is known but off the record. Can Flora get anyone to be held accountable? Can she find solutions for any of Jamaica’s problems?

Limbo is a humorous, sensuous romp, detailing one woman’s struggle to find ways to effectively achieve change while making peace with herself and her island, which she loves more than she has loved anyone. As we keep pace with the indefatigable, irrepressible Flora, we experience the not-so-tidy challenges of balancing a valiant public persona with a chaotic personal life. Through her attempts at transforming the world and herself, we encounter deep friendship, new love, and the complexities of contemporary Jamaica, a place of achingly exquisite but threatened beauty, routine brutality, and poorly hidden secrets.

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Esther Figueroa: Esther Figueroa, PhD, is a Jamaican independent filmmaker, writer, and linguist. She has twenty-five years of experience in media production including documentaries, educational videos, television programming, music videos, multimedia, web content, and feature film. An activist filmmaker, she focuses on local knowledge...
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Title:Limbo: A Novel about JamaicaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.33 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:ArcadeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:162872319X

ISBN - 13:9781628723199

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"In Limbo, Esther Figueroa deftly navigates between steamy romance, backdoor deals and dangerous plunges into the inferno of Jamaica’s environmental disasters. But the novel’s other side is its tender and evocative celebration of love, friendship, place and belonging.The author (like her heroine) emerges triumphant at the end of this breathtaking limbo dance. Despite its darker themes, the overriding humour and irreverence make for an enjoyable read. Limbo is a page-turner that will make you want to start all over again when you come to the end. In Esther Figueroa’s skilful hands, the tropical paradise is in Limbo but not yet lost. It should evoke in every reader a passionate desire to redeem what is left clinging to the exposed roots."—Olive Senior, author of Dancing Lessons"More than a novel or rather what a ‘novel’ cd or shd be – an xQuisitely serious nativist imaginary – composed in ‘standard’ narrative & Jamaica speak & angst & hope & vision, wit and an urgent sense of justice breathing-till-it-burns – but cool knowledge of her crisis country and its people. Limbo is not just word-saying but a world-saving allegiance to what some people call The Green. Her description of the source of the Martha Brae (witch & river), is one of the most lyric & healing moments in Caribbean literature."—Kamau Brathwaite, Poet, Professor Emeritus Caribbean Lit/Culture, New York University "In this brave and witty new novel, Esther Figueroa takes us into the dark side of tourism's uncontrolled development. The work is intelligent, clear-eyed and unforgiving; Figueroa does not avert her gaze - the devastation of land and wildlife is harrowing. Esther's passionate concern for the future of Jamaica and the Caribbean, and ultimately for the future of our planet makes Limbo a landmark work of extraordinary importance."—Patricia Powell, author of The Pagoda and The Fullness of Everything