This One Sky Day – Leone Ross

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She kicked out as seaweed
entangled her ankle. A salty wave
smacked her in the face, and she
gulped, spluttered, laughed, spat,
sniffed and began to swim again.
She might have been moving
through perfume. This calm acceptance would leave her soon,
she felt that. But could she hold on
a while longer, to this hope that
everything was good?

She took another face of brine
and giggled under the darkening
sky. It seemed outrageous to
feel happy, but she was.

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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.

A sensual novel, This One Sky Day conjures a world where magic is everywhere, food is fate, politics are broken, and love awaits. Everyone in Popisho was born with a little something… The local name for it was cors. Magic, but more than magic. A gift, nah? Yes. From the gods: a thing that felt so inexpressibly your own.

Somewhere far away– or maybe right nearby– lies an archipelago called Popisho. A place of stunning beauty and incorrigible mischief, destiny and mystery, it is also a place in need of change.

Xavier Redchoose is the macaenus of his generation, anointed by the gods to make each resident one perfect meal when the time is right. Anise, his long lost love, is on a march toward reckoning with her healing powers. The governor’s daughter, Sonteine, is getting married, her father demanding a feast out of turn. And graffiti messages from an unknown source are asking hard questions. A storm is brewing. Before it comes, before the end of the day, this wildly imaginative narrative will take us across the islands, their history, and into the lives of unforgettable characters.

About the Author

Leone Ross is a fiction writer, editor and academic. She was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All the Blood Is Red (ARP), was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and her second novel, Orange Laughter (ARP/Anchor), was named by Wasafiri magazine as one of the most influential British novels of the last twenty-five years. Ross’s first short-story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway (Peepal Tree), was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in 2018. Her work has also been shortlisted for the V. S. Pritchett Prize. She is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Roehampton University in London, where she is Anthology Editor for their micro-publishing house, Fincham Press. She is a senior fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.


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