Together We Read

Together We Read is a digital book club presented by OverDrive and participating libraries in Canada. Download the OverDrive or Libby app to borrow the free eBook from your library using your phone or tablet. This time, we're reading Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta. From Oct 18 - 31, it'll be available with no waitlists or holds. Check out the links below to download the book and check out a discussion group, along tips on how to host a virtual book club with your friends or family.

Frying Plaintain by Zalika Reid-Benta

Set in the neighbourhood of “Little Jamaica,” Frying Plantain follows a girl from elementary school to high school graduation as she navigates the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation immigrants experiencing first-generation cultural expectations, and Black identity in a predominantly white society.

Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle — of her North American identity and her desire to be a “true” Jamaican, of her mother and grandmother’s rages and life lessons, of having to avoid being thought of as too “faas” or too “quiet” or too “bold” or too “soft.” In these twelve interconnected stories, we see Kara on a visit to Jamaica, startled by the sight of a severed pig’s head in her great-aunt’s freezer; in junior high, the victim of a devastating prank by her closest friends; and as a teenager in and out of her grandmother’s house, trying to cope with ongoing battles of unyielding authority.

A rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds, Frying Plantain shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn to something much darker.