What are the best books set in the Caribbean?

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    #1Wide Sargasso Sea

    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys' novel about Antoinette, a Creole heiress in 1830s Jamaica who married an Englishman, who later forced Antoinette to become an ideal Victorian lady.

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    Kimberly Johnson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Wide Sargasso Sea tales a story that anybody can relate to even today its not what you think it is when you first start reading it but you will be happy that it it isnt"
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    #2White Teeth

    White Teeth

    White Teeth is a contemporary fiction novel written by Zadie Smith which is about the story of two North London families during the World War II. This tackles about faith, race, gender and culture. 


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    Katherine Hopkins
    Written on April 23, 2018
    ""White Teeth" is a novel about families during World War II. This hardly qualifies for a solution to the Topic of Best Books set in the Caribbean. These two settings are very opposite of each other. The Caribbean brings up ideas of islands, sand, warm sun and beautiful waters. This book written during the War takes place in North London when times were hard and the social climate was nervous and judgmental. This solution is not acceptable."
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    #3Island Beneath the Sea

    Island Beneath the Sea

    Island Beneath the Sea is a historical fiction novel written by Isabel Allende which was translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. This is about Saint-Domingue, Zarité also known as Tete.


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    Betty Holland
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This isn't a book set, so it's not exactly what I'm looking for. But the setting is right so I read it anyways. It's a good book, the characters are charming and the story is interesting. "
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    #4The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a fiction novel written by Junot Díaz which follows the life of Dominican ghetto nerd named Oscar. This has won awards such as The Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


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    Gabriela Duarte
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A very good book that takes place in the caribbean area. The book is emotional and fun, its a rewarding read."
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    #5Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Gabriel García Márquez which follows the love story between lovers Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. 


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    Joe Russell
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I love books, and I love the fact this one is set in the Caribbean! The author is definitely a native, you can tell in their prose how much they love the Caribbean."
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    #6The Farming of Bones

    The Farming of Bones
    The Farming of Bones is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Edwidge Danticat which centers on Haitian-born and maidservant Amabelle Desir. This is based on a historical event. 

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    Rigoberto Padilla
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Farming of Bones is one of those insane "based on a true story" stories that grabs you by the balls and never lets you go. You won't believe this story is real and you'll instantly be wondering how it's possible you never heard of it. Amabelle Desir should be a household name -- what a tragedy that it isn't. But thank you Edwidge Danticat for bringing this little-known maidservant to the forefront!"
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    #7The Dew Breaker

    The Dew Breaker
    The Dew Breaker is a collection of short stories written by Edwidge Danticat which is a story of love, remorse, and hope wherein he shares his intimate experiences throughout his life. 

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    Jane Scott
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Dew Breaker is my first taste of the gift of storytelling by Edwidge Danticat......but it won't be my last! As the novel opens, revealing shocking secrets of the past, it's clear that the reader will not be disappointed. The Dew Breaker's title comes from a Creole phrase referring to `Tontons Macoutes' (Haitian volunteer torturers) during the regime of the Duvaliers in Haiti. They would often come in the early dawn to take their victims away...thus the broke the serenity of the grass in the morning dew. These `Macoutes' tortured and killed thousands of civilians, many for trivial incidences. Beautifully written, the chapters overlap and wind back around each other as the novel slowly reveals the ghosts of the past within the culture's stories of miracles and spiritual beliefs. Now, living in New York, trying to erase a past that shadows him continually, we meet a good father and husband with a horrible scar on his face and an agonizing secret embedded deeply in his soul...and now...finally it must be unmasked!"
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    #8Small Island

    Small Island
    Small Island is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Andrea Levy which centers on Jamaican local Hortense Joseph and her husband Gilbert Joseph who moves in Britain.  

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    #9The Long Song

    The Long Song

    The Long Song is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Andrea Levy which is a tale about a slave girl named July living in a sugar plantation in Jamaica. 


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    Ronald Garrett
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "While being a bit depressing at times, this book was written very well. When you think Caribbean and Jamaica you're usually thinking fun times on the beach. Not this book, it focuses more on dark tones such as slavery. If you're in the mood for a Caribbean book that follows that tone, it'll work for you."


Best What are the best books set in the Caribbean
1Wide Sargasso SeaBooks 29 Paid
2White TeethBooks 24 Paid
3Island Beneath the SeaBooks 23 Paid
4The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoBooks 21 Paid
5Love in the Time of CholeraBooks 21 Paid
6The Farming of BonesBooks 20 Paid
7The Dew BreakerBooks 18 Paid
8Small IslandBooks 17 Paid
9The Long SongBooks 15 Paid

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