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One Year of Ugly

One Year of Ugly

by Caroline Mackenzie
Paperback
Publication Date: 05/08/2020
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The most raucous debut of 2020

It was Aunt Celia who got us into the whole mess. The entire Palacios family thrust smack into the middle of a crime ring.

Having escaped crumbling, socialist Venezuela the illegal way (who needs residency permits when you know a guy with a boat?), Yola Palacios and her family are settling into their new under-the-radar life in Trinidad.

But when the formidable∗ Aunt Celia dies, the Palacios discover that she's been keeping one hell of a secret. She's seriously in debt to a local criminal called Ugly, a debt that is now theirs to repay.

He might dress like David Bowie, but Ugly's business style is pure Pablo Escobar. What he says, the Palacios must do, otherwise: big trouble.

Ugly's right-hand man Roman is tasked with keeping an eye on the family but Yola can barely keep her eyes off him. Forbidden fruit is the original aphrodisiac, and when Yola and Roman fall in lust, even bigger trouble is on the horizon...

Told with raw, acid humour, One Year of Ugly is a story of family, first love and finding home. A blisteringly fresh take on the migrant experience in a less-than-sunny corner of the Caribbean, and a poignant reminder that no matter what form of ugly crosses your path, there's always a way to laugh through it.

∗family bitch

ISBN:
9780008347086
9780008347086
Category:
Adult & contemporary romance
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
05-08-2020
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
378
Dimensions (mm):
216x135x29mm
Weight:
0.38kg
Caroline Mackenzie

Caroline Mackenzie is a freelance translator living in Trinidad with her husband and son. A national scholar, she studied in the UK on an Open Scholarship for four years to qualify as a specialist translator before returning to her native Trinidad, where she began writing more extensively.

Her short fiction has appeared in literary publications around the world, and in 2017 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2018 she was named the Short Fiction winner of the Small Axe Literary Competition.

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