Jamaica Magazine

Book Review: Mariana

About the Book:
Mariana is a short novel by Vjange Hazle, a Caribbean writer residing in the United States. This powerful first time novel tells the story of Mariana, a young Englishwoman who arrives in colonial Jamaica as the wife of the much older Fernando Sykes. She meets with resistance from a strange people she struggles to understand. Sam-Sam, her husband’s driver, comes to her rescue and the passion is ignited. In this island where people “love and hate with the same passion”, and tropical nights are not only for sleeping, Mariana learns that love knows no boundaries. 

“Vjange’s intricate story brings the rich ethnic and political history of the Caribbean’s biggest island together while creating realistic, familiar characters”- Colette Byfield

About the Author:
Vangella ‘Vjange Hazle’ Buchanan was born in Jamaica and migrated to the United States in 1989. She is a graduate of Mico Teachers’ College in Jamaica, and has written and published numerous short stories and poems. Her collection of stories, ‘Country Gal a Foreign’ for which she did the illustrations, was published in 2003. Her short novel, Mariana was published in 2007. Her second novel The Dark Side of Darkness was published in 2009 and My Father and Other Disasters in 2010. This self-published author holds a B.A in English and an M.A. in Communication. She is an Adjunct Professor at Capital Community College and a Writing Associate at Goodwin College.

Buy the Book:
You can purchase “Mariana” online at: http://www.marianabooks.com/home

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