What if going home was the only way to find out where you belonged?
When Erica gets a phone call to say her mother, Ione, is ill in St Lucia, she knows she must go to her, even though their relationship has always been difficult. The island – the place of her mother’s birth – is somewhere that Erica has never called home.
Even when the plane touches down in the tropical paradise, with its palm trees swaying in the island breeze, the sound of accents so like her mother’s own calling loud in the air, Erica doesn’t find herself wanting to stay a moment longer than she has to.
But stepping into her mother’s house, she is shocked by what she finds. Her mother’s memory is fading and she is having strange, erratic episodes. Erica knows the right thing to do is to stay with her, even if it means leaving everything in England behind.
Could you uproot your whole life for the person who raised you? Can a place you’ve never felt at home ever feel like where you belong? And – as you experience loss – is it ever possible to also find love and peace?
Thank you, Steffanie Edward and Bookouture
About the author
Steffanie was born in St Lucia, and brought up in London. She writes mainly fiction, but has also had articles published in local newspapers. Three of her short stories have been published in anthologies. This Other Island is her debut novel and was long listed for the SI Leeds Literary prize. She enjoys writing stories with strong emotional themes.
Steffanie currently lives between England and St Lucia.