amaica, 1938. Gloria Campbell is sixteen years old when a single violent act alters the course of her life forever. Taking along her little sister, she flees their hometown to forge a new life in Kingston. But the capital city, too, convulses with change: mass protests and brutal arrests mark the arrival of a new Jamaica. But this is still a country where blacks are treated as second-class citizens, and although Gloria is determined to reinvent herself, she has difficulty making her way. Eventually, recognized for her striking beauty, Gloria finds herself at a house of ill-repute on the edge of the city, with the madames Sybil and Beryl. It is in this unlikely place that she receives an education in--and passion for-- social justice. And then, one hot Jamaican day, she meets Pao, a Chinese Kingston racketeer, and his destiny becomes bound with her own. Moving, illuminating and alive with the energy of a country at a crossroads, Gloriais an irresistable tale of love in a time of tumult.
Kerry Young was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese father and a mother of mixed Chinese-African heritage, and moved to England at the age of ten. Kerry's early life with her father, a businessman who operated within Kingston's shadow economy, provided the inspiration for Pao, her first novel, and Gloria, her second novel, revisits many of the same characters. She lives in Leicestershire, England.