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The Jumbies: 08/03/16
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste is the tale of a girl taking back her family after it's been infiltrated by a jumbie. Corinne La Mer is the woman of the house after her mother's death. She grows the best fruit which she proudly takes to market. It's there that she catches the eye of a supernaturally beautiful woman.
Corinne knows the lore of her island and she respects its power. The main character is well aware that things are not what they seem. She manages to keep her wits about her throughout. Here the threat is truly supernatural, something I remember wishing were so for The Unstoppable Octobia May (though I do appreciate direction it ultimately took)
The Jumbies is a retelling of the Haitian tale "The Magic Orange Tree" a story I'm not familiar with. Thematically this book is right there with Neil Gaiman's Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris.