Joanne Skerrett is the author of several novels, including Abraham’s Treasure, a finalist for the CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Literature in 2011. She has worked as an editor for the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Raleigh News & Observer and is a candidate for the MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her recent work has appeared in Spellbinder literary magazine, where she won the prize for fiction in 2021, and in Rebel Women Lit. She lives in Washington, DC.
Publication Date: August 1, 2023
Island Man is a story about a father and son who struggle to forge a relationship out of generations of family trauma, secrets, and loss.
A grieving Hector Peterson and his estranged father Winston Telemacque arrive on the lush island of Dominica in 2017 to spread his mother’s ashes when Hurricane Maria strikes. Amid the devastation, the fragile peace between father and son is tested as long-buried family secrets at the heart of Hector’s identity are unearthed. Hector faces down his failed marriage, shipwrecked career, and his own failures as a father, while Winston, after three decades of striving as an immigrant in Boston, seeks to reclaim the losses from a painful childhood and the bloody betrayal by his one true love. In Island Man, the ruins of past and present are reconciled and shattered generational bonds are restored.