Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Banana Bottom
Claude McKay


A Jamaican girl, Bita Plant, who was adopted and sent to be educated in England by white missionary benefactors, returns to her native village of Banana Bottom and finds her black heritage at war with her newly acquired culture. The book’s narrative focuses on a black individual in search of establishing a cultural identity in a white society.

Paperback, 324pp
Mariner Books, 1974 (1933)
ISBN 9780156106504