Jamaican News & Announcements
Diana McCaulay Book Launch, July 13, 2012, UWI, Mona Visitors LodgePublished Jul 8, 2012
Come join Diana McCaulay to celebrate the publication of her second novel Huracan.
Following hot on the heels of the bestseller Dog-Heart and a recent success as the regional winner of The Commonwealth Short Story Prize for The Dolphin Catcher, Jamaican environmentalist and writer, Diana McCaulay, will launch her much-awaited second novel, Huracan, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona on Friday July 13th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Professor Edward Baugh, noted author and literary scholar will be the guest speaker at the launch.
Huracan tells the story of thirty-something Leigh McCaulay, who after leaving Jamaica at fifteen, returns home in 1986 in the wake of her mother’s death to reconnect with her homeland. She is forced to confront her estranged father and the family secrets that he holds. As she rebuilds a life in present-day Jamaica, she uncovers the stories of her abolitionist and missionary ancestors, Zachary and John Macaulay, who settled Jamaica in 1786 and 1886. Across the generations, each of the arrivals must come to terms with the contradictions of a society immured in injustice, racial inequality and endemic violence; a landscape of heartbreaking beauty; and a people who endure with an unquenchable urge for independence.
Published by Peepal Tree Press.