by Kerry Young


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Finalist in Fiction for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Jamaica, 1938. Gloria Campbell is sixteen years old when a single violent act alters the course of her life forever. Taking along her younger sister, she flees their hometown to forge a new life in Kingston. But in a capital city awash with change, a black woman is still treated as a second-class citizen. From a room in a boarding house and a job at a supply store, Gloria finds her way to a house of ill repute on the edge of the city, intrigued by the glamorous, financially independent women within.It is an unlikely place to meet the love of your life, but here she encounters Pao, a Chinatown racketeer and a loyal customer who will become something more. It is also an unlikely place to gain a passion for social justice, but it is one of the house's proprietors who instills in Gloria new ideas about the rights of women and all humankind, eventually propelling her to Cuba, where even greater change is underway, and where Gloria must choose between the life she has made for herself and the one that might be.

Alive with the energy of a country at a crossroads, this is a story of love in many forms, and of Gloria's evolution-from a frightened girl on the run to a woman fully possessed of her own power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620400753
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.08(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Kerry Young was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese father and a mother of mixed Chinese-African heritage, and moved to England at the age of ten. Kerry's early life with her father, a businessman who operated within Kingston's shadow economy, provided the inspiration for Pao, her first novel, and Gloria, her second novel, revisits many of the same characters. She lives in Leicestershire, England.

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Gloria 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont usually write reviews but this novel warrants one! After reading Pao I knew I HAD to purchase Gloria. This book is a page turner and kept me interested from beginning to end. I won't go into detail (for as much as I LOVE reading, I dont have the patience for writing) but please give Gloria and Pao a read, the only regret you'll have is that the story ends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strength of character and determination of will.