This One Sky Day
This ‘true feat of imagination and wonder’ (Nikesh Shukla) transports readers on an odyssey of love, grief, mayhem and delight.
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LONGLISTED FOR THE ONDAATJE PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE DIVERSE BOOK AWARDS
‘I deeply admire This One Sky Day – and also, not so secretly, bitterly envy it…’ MARLON JAMES
‘Gorgeous’ Financial Times
‘Wonderfully fearless’ New Statesman
‘Stunning’ KEI MILLER
Dawn breaks across the archipelago of Popisho. The world is stirring awake again, each resident with their own list of things to do:
A wedding feast to conjure and cook
An infidelity to investigate
A lost soul to set free
As the sun rises two star-crossed lovers try to find their way back to one another across this single day. When night falls, all have been given a gift, and many are no longer the same.
The sky is pink, and some wonder if it will ever be blue again.
What readers are saying
‘Brimming with and life and love and just absolutely gorgeous writing. a one-of-a-kind novel.’
‘I couldn’t put it down and I will be recommending it to everyone.’
‘A story luxuriously and confidently told, which is sumptuous from sentence to sentence. There is both literal and literary magic here.’
‘This book is bursting at the seams with beauty! Magic! Love! Imagination! It is a burst of colour and flame.’
‘It’s hard to explain, but if you love getting lost in a story, this could be one for you.’
A glorious shout of a novel, a sensual, saturated blend of romance, magical realism and erotic comedy . . . Bravura pieces of whimsy blend with intimate explorations of grief, childlessness and crises of sexuality in an intricate narrative set on a single day.
A haunting story about grief and love . . . Among the many charms of the novel is the way it celebrates the oddness of life.
How to sum up this sizzling, sprawling magic-realist odyssey, set over 24 hours in a fictitious Caribbean archipelago? A kind of X-rated fairytale narrated in a zesty Jamaican-influenced argot, it follows two would-be lovers on crisscrossing quests . . . There’s a dash of real-world politics in a subplot about government corruption and colonial history, but the novel’s atmosphere is chiefly defined by its bizarre goings-on, not least when the body parts of island women start to drop off and take on a life of their own. Noisy, sexy, profusely inventive, Ross’s storytelling crashes over the reader like an invigorating ocean wave.
Easily one of the most gorgeous and lavishly sprawling books of 2021 . . . Ross’s descriptions are rich with inventiveness, colour, flavour.
A bold and bizarre story set over one day on a fictional Caribbean archipelago. In Popisho, everyone has a “cors” – some small piece of magic that is entirely their own. We follow star-crossed lovers Xavier, a master chef who can flavour food through the palms of his hands, and Anise, who learns of someone’s ailment simply by touching them. Ross spins delight from utter mayhem – at one point, the vulva of every woman on the island drops out of their bodies, for no apparent reason – resulting in a work that is unpredictable and wonderfully fearless.
Intensely absorbing, this dazzling tale charts two lovers on the imaginary Caribbean archipelago of Popisho who must find their way back to each other over a single day. Vividly conjured, This One Sky Day brings to life a colourful cast of characters facing life-changing decisions across the island: Xavier who has a wedding feast to conjure and cook while Anise an infidelity to investigate. Love, second chances and fate, with razor-sharp postcolonial satire, this love story has already drawn comparisons to Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Toni Morrison and Arundhati Roy.
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