The Other Side of Paradise

  • by Staceyann Chin
  • Narrated by Staceyann Chin
  • 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Staceyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir.
No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica.
Told with grace, humor, and courage, Chin plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, finding the man she believes to be her father, and ultimately, discovering her voice.


What the Critics Say

"The listener, especially one who is familiar with Jamaican patois, will be delighted by the author's narration of this true coming-of-age tale.... The quick shifts in the story and Chin's whip-fast delivery put listeners on a roller coaster ride." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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brave and insightful read. Excellent story telling. it is raw and unflinching. didn't want it to end.
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- rhonda


This book has been the best book I have read in a very long time. It held my attention from beginning to end. I experienced a plethora of emotions from sad to joyful while reading this book. I found myself rooting for Stacey Ann Chinn throughout the reading. Phenomenal!
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- ReNee Harris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-28-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios