Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming

ISBN: 9781571311917
Blending mythology and memory, Saga Boy follows a young Black immigrant’s vibrant personal metamorphosis.

Growing up as a clever, willful boy in a tiny village in the tropical forests of Trinidad―raised by his indomitable grandmother, Miss Excelly, and her King James Bible―Antonio Michael Downing is steeped in the legacies of his scattered family, the vibrant culture of the island, and the weight of its colonial history. But following Miss Excelly’s death, everything changes. The eleven-year-old Downing seems to fall asleep in the jungle and to wake up in a blizzard: he is sent to live with his devoutly evangelical Aunt Joan in rural Canada, where they are the only Black family in a landscape starkly devoid of the warm lushness of his childhood.
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