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This One Sky Day by Leone Ross

This One Sky Day

Leone Ross

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Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 15 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780571358007

The world is stirring awake again, each resident with their own list of things to do: A wedding feast to conjure and cook An infidelity to investigate A lost soul to set free As the sun rises two star-crossed lovers try to find their way back to one another across this single day.

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4 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
8 Jan 2021

An impressive 15 years in the writing, I'm told, this is the third novel from Ross and is set on the fictional archipelago of Popisho, where the islanders are born with cors (magical abilities). Xavier Redchoose is the macaenus, a chef with a special gift, who has a wedding feast to conjure for the governor's daughter. Meanwhile, Anise investigates her husband's infidelity and a wider cast of islanders go about their business. A masterful blend of magic realism, satire and sheer joy: every page has something new to enchant the reader.

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5 stars out of 5
Nilanjana Roy
30 Mar 2021

"easily one of the most gorgeous and lavishly sprawling books of 2021"

Although many readers will relish the language, rich with badinage, wordplay and terms of friendly abuse that any Jamaican will instantly recognise and cherish, Ross’s editor should have pared back the over-seasoned dialogue: “‘Dandu, I don’t believe you! You have our macaenus standing in the yard like a puss’ — her voice rose to a shriek — ‘and you never tell me? Wait, macaenus! Oh my gods, wait!’” Elsewhere, Ross’s descriptions are rich with inventiveness, colour, flavour. Xavier cooks prawns, poached in lime shavings and thyme, coconut cake and tamarind bonbons, oranges doused in rum, which are set on fire, charred and bitter, soft grilled cloves of garlic.