COF From Yaad Review

Read & Carry On: From Yaad

From Yaad” is a short novel by Tracey Jackson about Stevonie, a career driven young woman born to Jamaican parents living in New York. While visiting her mom in Florida she gets a mysterious letter from a woman in her deceased father’s past and the resulting path that letter takes her on.

The book is full of real life scenarios or situations experienced by Caribbean Americans. From relationships with parents and or grandparents, friendships and just how we go about our every day lives. There were scenarios in this book where I said “yup Grandma would’ve done this.”

For me it highlights the nuanced relationship a “Yankee pickney”** has with the island of their parents’ birth.

If you’re looking for a nice easy read, grab yourself a copy of “From Yaad”. It’s definitely a welcomed representation of the modern Caribbean novel. Looking forward to more stories like these exploring the Caribbean American experience. 

*Yard. A term used to describe home and a widely used to reference Jamaica.
**A term used to reference the American born child of a person born in Jamaica or the Caribbean

About the Author

Tracey Jackson author of From Yaad

Tracey Jackson is a speaker and author of four books. Her recent work, “From Yaad” was inspired to write this book after a family reunion spent in Montego Bay, Jamaica’s North Coast. She currently resides in South Florida.

Connect with Tracey on Instagram: @thesummerofchances


Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is Founder & host of Carry On Friends one of the first podcasts dedicated to the Caribbean American Experience. She is leading the way for Caribbean Podcast as the founder of Breadfruit Media, the first Caribbean podcast production company; and founder of the Caribbean Podcast Directory a place to discover podcasts by people of Caribbean Heritage.