Words by Jesse Serwer
Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books) won’t be released until tomorrow, but already it’s drawn more attention than almost any Jamaica-set novel since Ian Fleming was putting James Bond to paper. James’ third novel has been dubbed “The Great Jamaican Novel” by The Fader, and was recently the subject of one of the most glowing, enthusiastic New York Times reviews we’ve ever seen. (“It’s like a Tarantino remake of The Harder They Come but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner,” wrote reviewer Michiko Kakutani. “It’s epic in every sense of that word.”) It seems everyone we know with an interest in recent Jamaican history is already reading it.