Andrea Levy writes with wonderful immediacy and liveliness in this, her third novel about the experience of being black in Britain. It's the late 70's and Faith Jackson's in a hurry - to loosen the hold of her loving but strict parents, to "go her own sweet way". At her new job as a dresser at Television Centre Faith negotiates the trip-wires of being black in often slyly witty, seemingly throwaway asides. But her parents' announcement that they might go home to Jamaica and a vicious racist National Front attack on a local bookshop, propels Faith into crisis.
Urged by her parents--"Child, everyone should know where they come from"--she goes to Kingston to stay with garrulous Auntie Coral. For Faith, it was her aunt's and cousin's rich and lively sequence of conversational storytelling's that 'wrapped me in a family history and swaddled me tight in its stories' - then released her into a new sense of self.
Fruit of the Lemon is an affectionate and absorbing narrative that makes its points about racism's effacements and brutalities with unforced but striking resonance. It offers us a voice of pleasurable yet gritty substance and significance: millennial Britain needs more like this. --Ruth Petrie
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''Levy has a gift for creating character through mimickry, bu tnever succumbs to thepitgalls of sentiment masquerading as authenticity. This is a comic but sharp novel that steers its readers confidently through its heroine's revelatory journey' Times
Funny and moving... Levy is an ironic comedian whose subtle, intelligent novel steers well clear of whimsy (Guardian
'Unflinchingly unsentimental, her writing is leavened with humour and warmth...entertaining and revelatory' (TLS
'Written in an accessible, friendly style' Independent on Sunday
Reinforces Levy's reputation as an astute observer of modern British life (Financial Times
Always refreshingly undogmatic...[readers] will recognise the truthfulness of the world which Andrea Levy describes (Sunday Telegraph
'Levy has a gift for voices...a thoughtful comment on racism and the importance of knowing where you are from' (The Sunday Times
'Bright and inventive' (Independent