This novel by James Marlon, published in 2014, is inspired by the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the political turmoil of Jamaica. A Brief History of Seven Killings delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica’s history and beyond. James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents, even ghosts – over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows, that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his fate.
Gripping and inventive, shocking and irresistible, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a mesmerizing modern classic of power, mystery, and insight.
Discussion will be facilitated by Stephanie Lockhart, an English teacher at Bloomfield High School. Copies of the book are available at Prosser. Join in the discussion and enjoy a taste of the Caribbean in literature along with some Caribbean tasty treats, courtesy of the West Indian Foundation, Inc.