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A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes
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Narrator Robin Miles

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Length 14 hours 31 minutes
Language English
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A Tall History of Sugar tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was "born without skin," so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance.

The narrative begins with Moshe's birth in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica's independence from colonial rule, and ends in the era of what Forbes calls "the fall of empire," the era of Brexit and Donald Trump. The historical trajectory layers but never overwhelms the scintillating love story as the pair fight to establish their own view of loving, against the moral force of the colonial "plantation" and its legacies that continue to affect their lives and the lives of those around them.

Written in lyrical, luminous prose that spans the range of Jamaican Englishes, this remarkable story follows the couple's mysterious love affair from childhood to adulthood, from the haunted environs of rural Jamaica to the city of Kingston, and then to England—another haunted locale in Forbes's rendition.

Curdella Forbes is a Jamaican writer who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, and teaches at Howard University. Her books include A Permanent Freedom, Flying with Icarus, and Ghosts.

Robin Miles, dubbed "a voice that never disappoints," is an AudioFile Golden Voice, an Audible Hall of Famer, the 2014 Booklist Voice of Choice, a 2009 Grammy finalist director, and winner of over forty Best of the Year and Earphones awards. Her chameleon-like vocal and acting ability have won accolades for their nuance and variety. Her credits include Hugo winners The Fifth Season trilogy (N. K. Jemisin) and Binti (Nnedi Okorafor); Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterley); The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson); The Violet Hour (Broadway); several regional productions and museum installations; and Law & Order. Robin holds degrees from Yale (BA) and The Yale School of Drama (MFA), and owns Voxpertise, Inc., a studio for voice-over training and production.

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