Frying plantain : stories / Zalika Reid-Benta.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle--of her Canadian nationality and her desire to be a "true" Jamaican, of her mother and grandmother's rages and life lessons, of having to avoid being thought of as too "faas" or too "quiet" or too "bold" or too "soft." Set in "Little Jamaica," Toronto's Eglinton West neighbourhood, Kara moves from girlhood to the threshold of adulthood, from elementary school to high school graduation, in these twelve interconnected stories. We see her on a visit to Jamaica, startled by the sight of a severed pig's head in her great aunt's freezer; in junior high, the victim of a devastating prank by her closest friends; and as a teenager in and out of her grandmother's house, trying to cope with the ongoing battles between her unyielding grandparents. A rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds, Frying Plantain shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn to something much darker. In her brilliantly incisive debut, Zalika Reid-Benta artfully depicts the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation Canadians and first-generation cultural expectations, and Black identity and predominately white society."-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      Short stories.
      Issued also in electronic format.
      22 28 31
    • Other Titles:
      Short stories. Selections
    • ISBN:
      9781487005344
    • Accession Number:
      neos.8781771
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      REID-BENTA, Z. Frying plantain : stories. [s. l.]: Astoria, 2019. ISBN 9781487005344. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8781771&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 12 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Reid-Benta Z. Frying Plantain : Stories. Astoria; 2019. Accessed August 12, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8781771&custid=s3443875
    • APA:
      Reid-Benta, Z. (2019). Frying plantain : stories. Astoria.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Reid-Benta, Zalika. 2019. Frying Plantain : Stories. Astoria. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8781771&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Reid-Benta, Z. (2019) Frying plantain : stories. Astoria. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8781771&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 12 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Reid-Benta, Z 2019, Frying plantain : stories, Astoria, viewed 12 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Reid-Benta, Zalika. Frying Plantain : Stories. Astoria, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8781771&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Reid-Benta, Zalika. Frying Plantain : Stories. Astoria, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8781771&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Reid-Benta Z. Frying plantain : stories [Internet]. Astoria; 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8781771&custid=s3443875

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2

*Starred Review* Though Kara was born in Canada, her family is Jamaican, living in Toronto's Little Jamaica section. These 12 interrelated stories examine Kara's life from when she was 10, and deemed too soft by her grandmother, to age 19, when she is a university student. While most of the stories are told in Kara's first-person voice, sharing slices of life, her mother and grandmother loom large. Both women are highly opinionated and short-tempered, their relationship fraught with angry altercations, which Kara faithfully records, noting that "peace could only exist in this family when we lied about everything, at least to each other." She is a natural storyteller, as when, at 10, she recounts to her rapt classmates having seen a pig's frozen head while on a trip to Jamaica. The experience becomes more elaborate with each retelling. Many of her stories, however, are low-key, recounting coming-of-age moments: her first kiss, her first experience of sex, to which she submits, she writes, to know if she can feel anything. Like Kara, Reid-Benta is a natural storyteller; her prose is straightforward and unadorned except, perhaps, when she shares the grandmother's voice in its use of Jamaican patois. Her characterizations are acute, bringing her characters to vivid life. Her first book, this splendid collection marks her as a writer to watch. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2

*Starred Review* Though Kara was born in Canada, her family is Jamaican, living in Toronto's Little Jamaica section. These 12 interrelated stories examine Kara's life from when she was 10, and deemed too soft by her grandmother, to age 19, when she is a university student. While most of the stories are told in Kara's first-person voice, sharing slices of life, her mother and grandmother loom large. Both women are highly opinionated and short-tempered, their relationship fraught with angry altercations, which Kara faithfully records, noting that "peace could only exist in this family when we lied about everything, at least to each other." She is a natural storyteller, as when, at 10, she recounts to her rapt classmates having seen a pig's frozen head while on a trip to Jamaica. The experience becomes more elaborate with each retelling. Many of her stories, however, are low-key, recounting coming-of-age moments: her first kiss, her first experience of sex, to which she submits, she writes, to know if she can feel anything. Like Kara, Reid-Benta is a natural storyteller; her prose is straightforward and unadorned except, perhaps, when she shares the grandmother's voice in its use of Jamaican patois. Her characterizations are acute, bringing her characters to vivid life. Her first book, this splendid collection marks her as a writer to watch. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 January #4

In Reid-Benta's heartfelt debut collection of linked stories, a girl grows up in Toronto while coming to terms with her heritage. On a trip to Jamaica at age 10, Kara screams after finding a pig's severed head in her great-aunt's icebox. Back home, she brags to her classmates that she was the one who slaughtered it. Each story introduces a new uncomfortable situation while advancing along the timeline of Kara's life. In "Snow Day," Kara tries on a patois ("Yuh run yuh mouth too much") and receives taunts from her middle school peers for "Ja-fakin' it." In "Lovely," she lands her first job and loses her virginity at 17. In "Celebration," Kara and her mother, Eloise, get drunk together for the first time on the eve of her high school graduation, while in "Drunk," she and her friends party harder, leading to Kara throwing up in front of Eloise. Along the way, strong characters emerge, including Eloise, a sharp, overbearing woman who wants nothing more than to see her daughter succeed; and Kara's churchgoing grandmother, Nana, who shows her affection through cooking for the whole family. Reid-Benta makes good use of the episodic form, artfully blending Kara's wit and distance with startling vulnerability as she tracks Kara's thought processes and desires. This heralds a notable new voice. (Mar.)

Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.