Review – A Million Aunties by Alecia McKenzie
A Million Aunties by Alecia McKenzie is a poignant and vibrant tapestry of grief, healing, and the unspoken power of community. Set against the lush backdrop of Jamaica, the novel weaves a story that is as much about the richness of Jamaican culture as it is about the universal journey through life’s profound challenges.
McKenzie’s narrative is a symphony of voices that tells the tale of American artist Chris, who seeks solace in the arms of a collective of ‘aunties’ after a personal tragedy.
The book delves into the depths of mental health and grief with a sensitivity that is both raw and comforting. Through Chris’s eyes, readers experience the cathartic and transformative nature of art, serving as a beacon of hope and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
The portrayal of Jamaican life is authentic and respectful, capturing the essence of its culture without resorting to stereotypes. Relationships and health are explored through a lens that is as enlightening as it is entertaining, with the island’s vibrant art scene providing a colourful backdrop for the narrative’s exploration of healing and growth.
In A Million Aunties, McKenzie masterfully shows that art is not just a creative outlet but a lifesaver, capable of mending the fragmented pieces of one’s soul. It’s a heartfelt reminder that sometimes, it takes a village—not just of people but also of art—to guide one through the darkest times. This novel is a comforting embrace, reminding us that we are never truly alone in our experiences.
3 Stars - Liked It