What a Mother’s Love Don’t Teach You


Sharma Taylor

Virago UK, July 2022

What a Mother’s Love Don’t Teach You was a winner in the First Novel Prize 2020.

From the publisher:

‘At eighteen years old, Dinah gave away her baby son to the rich couple she worked for before they left Jamaica. They never returned. She never forgot him.

Eighteen years later, a young man comes from the US to Kingston. From the moment she sees him, Dinah never doubts – this is her son.

What happens next will make everyone question what they know and where they belong.

A powerful story of belonging, identity and inheritance, What a Mother’s Love Don’t Teach You brings together a blazing chorus of voices to evoke Jamaica’s ghetto, dance halls, criminal underworld and corrupt politics, at the beating heart of which is a mother’s unshakeable love for her son.’

Sharma Taylor lives and work in the Caribbean islands.

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