Kei Miller’s Augustown is a ‘magical’ and ‘haunting’ novel which is set in the ‘underbelly’ of Jamaica.
Augustown is a poor suburban area; it is a fictionalised version of Kingston’s historic August Town. It is a place where many things that should happen don’t, and things that shouldn’t happen do.
Ma Taffy may be blind but she can see. When her great-nephew Kaia comes home from school in tears, she is struck by a deep sense of fear. Ma Taffy recalls the story of the flying preacher man and a great thing that did not happen.
Kaia’s leads back to a moment in Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari.
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