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A Million Aunties

A Million Aunties

American-born artist Chris is forced to reconsider his own concept of "family" during a visit to his mother’s Caribbean homeland.

"Alecia McKenzie’s tender new novel [is] an emotionally resonant ode to adopted families and community resilience."
--New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

Shortlisted for the 2020 Caribbean Readers’ Awards (Best Adult Novel)!

Longlisted for the 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award!

"Delightfully original, this novel centers Chris, an American who travels to his mother’s homeland of Jamaica to reflect and heal after tragedy strikes. What he encounters is unexpected, complicated and, perhaps, just what he needs."
--Ms. Magazine

"Emotional, enthralling and heartfelt...A story of loss and the infinite types of love."
--Woman's World

After a personal tragedy upends his world, American-born artist Chris travels to his mother's homeland in the Caribbean hoping to find some peace and tranquility. He plans to spend his time painting in solitude and coming to terms with his recent loss and his fractured relationship with his father. Instead, he discovers a new extended and complicated "family." The people he meets help him to heal, even as he supports them in unexpected ways. Told from different points of view, this is a compelling novel about unlikely love, friendship, and community, with surprises along the way.