This post contains affiliate links. Many people dream of going away to a tropical island like Barbados. However, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones will likely diminish those dreams. Set in Barbados, this story tells the tale of three generations of island woman and one woman tourist who experience horrifying events.
About How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House Review
This story follows three generations of women. Each woman struggles to live and is abused in one way or another.
Lala’s story is the main one. She is married to Adan, a self-centered, abusive man who makes his money robbing rich, white people’s homes. One day he goes to far and murders a white man. He happens to do this on the night his daughter, Baby, is born.
The book also tells the story of Mira, the wife of the white man who is murdered.
Lala’s mother and grandmother’s stories are also told, and their stories are equally disturbing.
While tourists enjoy Barbados and all the island has to offer, these women are eeking out a hard existance and trying to survive their marriages. I found the whole book best characterized by this comment by the narrator about Lala. The narrator says, “She did not understand that for women of her lineage, a marriage meant a murder in one form or the other.”
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House was a difficult book for me to get through. There is so much violence and abuse. This book is heavy and dark; the women suffer through murder, abuse, rape, and incest.
If you dream of going off to a tropical island, this book will likely ruin that dream. While Barbados may be a paradise for the rich visitors, in this book, it’s hell for the residents.
I give How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.