The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks

The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks➧ The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks Ebook ➭ Author Gillian Royes – Jamaica is the picturesue background for this explosive novel about love fear and intolerance the second in Gillian Royes’s mystery series featuring charming and charismatic bartender turned detecti Jamaica is Who Turned PDF ↠ the picturesue background for this explosive novel about love fear and intolerance the second in Gillian Royes’s mystery series featuring charming and charismatic bartender turned detective The Man eBook â ShadPICTURESUE AND IMPOVERISHED Largo Bay is the background for this explosive novel about love and fear the second in Gillian Royes’s mystery series featuring Shad a Jamaican bartender detective Man Who Turned Epub Ù With the arrival of Joseph estranged son of Eric the bar’s owner hopes for the village’s future come alive but are soon to be threatened Janna who has returned to the island falls for Joseph’s good looks and charm but she isn’t the only one with an eye for this mysterious man As uestions about Joseph’s sexuality arise Shad struggles with protecting the survival of his beloved birthplace amid the deeply ingrained culture of intolerance that surrounds him What it means to be a man and a father raises uestions within the bartender’s own home as his longtime love Beth pressures him to make a commitment In a land where religion is strong but life is cheap and violence is often the answer what will it take for Shad to protect Eric and his family In this truth telling seuel to The Goat Woman of Largo Bay the village must confront its own darkness or lose a bright future. 2nd in the series Eric the bartender’s estranged son Joseph arrives and raises Eric’s hopes about his hotel and the village in general Joseph’s sexual orientation becomes an interesting issueuestion especially given the norms of this Jamaican village as well as Eric’s ambivalence about his role as a father Appreciate having all this intertwined with another mystery This uote early on from Shad setting the context for how homosexual was viewed there Not that gayness frighten me personally any you see God but you know it frighten Jamaica Because God and everyone else knew that to be a gay man on this island was to court death with a trail of beatings and murders to prove it Even in Largo a small fishing village with fifty families a community too small to have a hospital or a police station there were people who thought that every homosexual was a sinner and should be wiped off the face of the earth page 5 Part mystery part expose’ and part travelogue The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks Atria is the second book from Gillian Royes featuring the bartender Shadrack from Largo Bay Jamaica Every bit as suspenseful as the first book this second fiction titles from Royes takes the reader places–both geographical and spiritual–that he never expectedWhen Shad’s employer Eric wants to rebuild some of the town business after Hurricane Albert destroyed the hotel he looks to his long parted son Joseph to come to Jamaica and help him negotiate with the investor and secure all the necessary legalities But Joseph brings with him than just a tense father son relationship one in which they might speak on the phone twice a year He brings rumors about his sexuality to a place that has been called the deadliest location for a homosexual individual on Earth Despite a passionate romance brewing between Joseph and returned home local Janna Joseph’s lover Raheem arrives for a visit and tears apart any thread that held the townspeople back from their hatredWhen picking up a novel about the popular resort destination a sunny locale whose reputation is about tourism and once in a lifetime vacations it’s heart rending to read about the hostility and hatred towards outsiders who are even suspected of homosexuality The lynch mobs that roam the streets at night armed with machetes and clubs and ready to burn down homes belie the visions of sun kissed beaches and cocktails under umbrellas But in Royes’ seuel to The Goat Woman from Largo Bay that undercurrent of hatred and violence threatens to destroy the entire town as the people seem bent on practicing generations’ old intolerance and brutality rather than put aside their prejudices to rebuild the struggling town’s tourism economy Taking place in the stunning surroundings of Largo Bay Jamaica this second novel in Royes’ series is even interesting than the first as it delves into the true human vice of intoleranceWe begin with the familiar character of Shad Myers First introduced in “The Goat Women of Largo Bay” Shad is a bartender and ‘unofficial investigator’ who helps interpret Jamaican culture Sadly for Shad Largo Bay is no longer the ‘in’ spot and most of the younger generation is now heading off to Kingston hoping to become famous disc jockeys so things are getting a tad bit on the boring side Butgood news is on the horizon Simone an American lady contacts the owner of the bar where Shad works His name is Eric and the woman lets him know of an investor who wants to help the bartender rebuild his resort hotel that was severely damaged in a hurricane Seeing as how this hotel had been Eric’s retirement dream he immediately calls his son Joseph to draw up a business plan and promises payment when the prospective investor agrees to finance the project Being unemployed Joseph jumps on a plane and heads to Jamaica However what Joseph doesn’t expect to find is Janna; the daughter of a wealthy contractor who has also returned to Largo Bay The two young people look like a perfect match but there is something stopping them from becoming the ‘beautiful couple’ especially when Joseph’s sexuality becomes a uestion that some island natives can’t seem to come to terms withShad who knows Jamaica like the back of his hand keeps a weathered eye on the horizon as he watches Joseph and Janna become close and literally feels a level of violence and hatred just waiting to explode An unforgettable Jamaican experience I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway Thanks to Atria for the copy Please note that this was an advanced copy uncorrected for proofs so the uotes may not be totally accurate The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks is the second book in a series featuring Shadrack Myers Admittedly I did not read the first book although if I can get my hands on a copy I plan to I won't go into a summary of the plot since the description above does a decent job of itAt first I had difficulty getting into the book Some of the dialogue was tough to access as Gillian Royes was staying true to Jamaican dialectic After a while though I got used to it The book tackles difficult but important uestions including homosexuality and the hate that it often receives the nature of fatherhood race and Occasionally Royes borders on the didactic but it often fits the characters and she didn't go too farOccasionally Royes' symbolism is a bit obvious At one point Royes describes a scene where below the table Janna's feet were in two suares one black one white and she shifted them both to the white one This is probably of a personal criticism as I prefer being forced to read into things rather than have them stated obviouslyAll in all though Royes is a good writer able to come up with the sort of memorable lines I enjoyEverybody want to control things for good or for bad Some people try to do it by praying some people by controlling other people and some people by magic But it all come from being afraid and wanting to control things Fear can make people do all kind of craziness This book felt like a sermon than a story It seemed that the characters were formed to the purpose of the lesson rather than an interesting story about people I loved the first book and hope that The Sea Grape Tree will be like that one I am extremely happy to find this author and her stories about Jamaica May she bring us many A sobering expose of intolerance that mars this beautiful island and keeps some visitors away Interesting and poignant novel with a story that is as revealing as it is disturbing I still have not got my book Not something I would have gone for initially but turned out to be a good read Being part of the Caribbean I liked the references

The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks eBook ✓ The Man
  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks
  • Gillian Royes
  • English
  • 10 June 2016
  • 9781451627435