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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.8 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Leone Ross is a fiction writer and an academic. She was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All the Blood Is Red, was long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her second novel, Orange Laughter, was chosen as a BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour Watershed Fiction favorite. Her first short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway, was nominated for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and the Jhalak Prize. Ross has taught creative writing in London for twenty years and worked as a journalist throughout the nineties. She lives in London but intends to retire near water.


A Most Anticipated Book of 2021: The Guardian, The Millions, Paperback Paris, Cosmopolitan UK, Alma

You must read [Popisho], easily one of the most gorgeous and lavishly sprawling books of 2021... In recent years, a clutch of incandescently talented writers... have reminded us that fantasy is one of the oldest and most imaginative branches of human storytelling. Ross has her own 'cors, ' a gift for creating an unforgettable world, and with this book, she takes her rightful place at that table of writers.
--Financial Times

[Popisho] carves out a place in the canon of memorable works of magical realism alongside Midnight's Children and One Hundred Years of Solitude, but it's also totally itself, a raunchy, sly, colorful exploration of individual and collective identity. A novel that suffuses the senses.
--Kirkus, starred review

Wondrous... Passing reminders of the works of Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Alice Walker serve to establish Ross firmly in the global storytelling tradition of bold and beautiful narratives... A stirring literary experience.
--Booklist, starred review

The language of Popisho is a feast itself--richly descriptive, earthy, colorful, and unrestrained.... An unforgettable work of magical realism.
--Library Journal, starred review

"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, [it] brings to life a colourful cast of characters facing life-changing decisions across the island.... 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."
--Cosmopolitan UK

Set on a magical archipelago, a big, carnivalesque novel that takes on desire, addiction and postcolonialism, but is also a celebration of food, love and joy.
--The Guardian

This is an ode to the soul, to food, to Caribbean myth and to magic.
--Refinery 29 UK

"A vibrant story of sensual characters and awe-inspiring, sometimes hilarious magic .... [With] joyous imagining of a peoples' power. . . . this fresh take on magical realism delivers the goods."
--Publishers Weekly

A masterful blend of magical realism, satire and sheer joy: every page has something new to enchant the reader.
--The Bookseller, editor's choice

Popisho is fire and magic. Leone Ross's ruthless humor immerses us in a dense, rich place where stories twist and worlds collide in audacious ways.
--Ingrid Persaud, author of Love After Love

"Popisho mixes lush, descriptive prose with the unrepentant wildness of folktales. Hands that can heal, palms that glow silver, body parts that abruptly fall off even though their owners keep living abound here. The fierceness of this novel in its imagery, in its ideas about women, the way it spoke to so many concerns of now, drew me in, but the caramel of the relationships, the way Leone Ross writes about intimacy, kept me enthralled."
--Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood

"I feel like I have been waiting my whole life to read a novel this expansive, this generous, this full of magic and massive personality. Leone Ross is a marvel of a writer, and this book absolutely bespelled me."
--Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You

"A novel this big in heart and imagination, this beautiful in prose, takes time. And my goodness it's worth it. This is a stunning novel."
--Kei Miller, author of Augustown