Book Review: The Bread the Devil Knead

The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini.

A haunting tale of intimate partner violence and unstinting in its description of abuse, yet infused with humour, not surprisingly as the author, Lisa, is also a comedian. The novel, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022, vividly describes a Caribbean less familiar to tourists but with conflicts and choices familiar to most.

You’ll be ‘sucking your teeth’ and ‘cutting your eye’ along with Alethea while you despair of her choices and cheer at her strength. Written in a mix of Trinidadian creole and formal English, this story will reverberate within your soul for a while.

The author narrates the audio book, so well worth getting.

Available free from Suffolk Libraries