Another Mother review: Jamaica memoir skips island's darker history
A story of a nanny who came to Princeton from Pisgah would have benefited from engagement with unpleasant realities
Unlike most Jewish boys from New Jersey, I have a Jamaican accent,” Ross Kenneth Urken writes in his debut, an affectionate memoir. While this may have the ring of a conversation overheard at a hipster Brooklyn bar, Urken claims it’s “the honest-to-goodness truth, and it all started with Dezna”.
Urken’s curiosity extends into excavating the complexity of Dezna’s life, less so into the tangled history of Jamaica
Carrie Gibson is author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day. Her latest book is El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic America