HCPL’s Book of the Month: A Brief History of Seven Killings

a brief history of seven killingsA Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

With a huge cast of characters from the slums of Jamaica to Miami to New York, and over decades of turmoil and change, Marlon James gives a fictional account of the events surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, referred to as The Singer. On December 3, 1976 just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Marley was to perform at the Smile Jamaica concert, gunmen broke into his home nearly killing him, his wife, and his manager. Marley still performed at the concert – an entire 90-minute set despite his injuries – but left Jamaica the next day not returning for two years.

In this Man Booker Prize winning novel, Marlon James explores the history of this tumultuous time from the Kingston slums in the 1970s, to the crack wars in New York in the 1980s, and to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo on January 5, 2016.

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