Andrea Levy, Small Island

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Published in 2004, Small Island is the fourth novel by British author Andrea Levy. The story of Jamaican immigrants to Britain during the 1940s, the novel received massive critical acclaim and won, among other awards, the Whitbread Book of the Year award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Orange Best of the Best Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. While her previous novels had been well received by critics and sold moderately well, the string of high-profile awards bestowed upon Small Island propelled Levy into the very heart of the British literary mainstream.

The narrative structure of Small Island is complex in that it is both polyvocal and non-linear (accordingly, the structure of the …

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Citation: Perfect, Michael. "Small Island". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2010 [, accessed 26 September 2023.]

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