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Small island
Andrea Levy
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Summary: Winner of the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction A Picador Original Trade Paperback Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer's daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve. Told in these four voices, Small Island is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers---in short, an encapsulation of that most American of experiences: the immigrant's life.


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main characters Gilbert Joseph
Male
Jamaican
Served in the RAF; expected to come home a hero but finds himself to be only second class because of his color; marries a woman with enough money to a passage to England; when he gets to England with his new wife they move in with a British family.

Hortense Joseph
Female
Jamaican
Travels with her husband to England to start a new life.

Queenie
Female
British
Takes in the Joseph family; befriends them and helps them out.

Bernard
Male
When he returns from his wartime post in India he finds black immigrants living in his house.
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