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Seeking solitude after a personal tragedy upends his world, American-born artist Chris, travels to his mother’s homeland, Jamaica, in a bid to find peace. He expects to spend his time painting in solitude, coming to terms with his loss and the fractured relationship with his father. Instead, he discovers a new extended and complicated “family” with their own startling stories, including a love triangle.

The people he meets help him to heal and he supports them in unexpected ways, through his art. Told from different points of view, this compelling novel about unlikely love, friendship, and community, with several surprises along the way, takes place against the backdrop of rural Jamaica, New York City and Paris.


A Million Aunties is an elegantly-written and emotionally engrossing work of fiction
Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other
Under her deceptively revealing title, Alecia McKenzie recreates Jamaica's enduring traditions in fresh and illuminating ways that make this one of the most avant garde fictions I have read in a long time
Curdella Forbes, Author of A Tall History of Sugar
Alecia McKenzie's tender new novel is an emotionally resonant ode to adopted families and community resilience
New York Times
This big-hearted narrative of love, loss and family is handled with grace and beauty
Publishers Weekly
Have you ever not wanted a book to end? Were disappointed that the characters are gone from your life? A Million Aunties by Alecia McKenzie is one such novel that makes you yearn for more
New York Journal of Books
A wide-ranging novel told in several voices that moves between New York, rural Jamaica, and Paris. Painting is at the heart of the book but so is family, love, heartbreak, and loss. The story pulls you in and holds you right till the end. It's strongly written with a delicate touch
New West Indian Guide
The beauty and brilliance of Blackness in the diaspora take centerstage in Alecia McKenzie's A Million Aunties, showcasing the intricate textures of identity, place, and connection to survive loss
Colors of Influence
A beautiful book for anyone who knows there is more to family than blood relations
Book Culture