The Other Side of Paradise

The Other Side of Paradise

A Memoir

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
The author and peformance artist reflects on her childhood growing up in Jamaica, including being abandoned by her mother, coming out as a lesbian, and searching for her father.

Simon and Schuster
Staceyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir..

No one knew Staceyann’s mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother’s house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann’s mother did not want her, and her father was not present. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica. .

Told with grace, humor, and courage, Chin plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, finding the man she believes to be her father, and ultimately, discovering her voice. .

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010
ISBN: 9780743292917
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 01, 2012

This is a first person account of a native Jamaican girl who by all odds actually survived a very difficult childhood. From her first breath she is deemed a fighter and she lives up to that (and more) in this lifetime. A very talented young woman - I look forward to more literature from her soon.


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