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Caroline Mackenzie


Caroline Mackenzie

Caroline Mackenzie is a freelance translator living in Trinidad. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and her nonfiction articles are regularly featured in regional magazines MACO People and MACO Caribbean Living. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals around the world. ONE YEAR OF UGLY is her first novel.

Books by Caroline Mackenzie

by Caroline Mackenzie - Fiction, Humor

After fleeing crumbling, volatile Venezuela, Yola Palacio wants nothing more than to settle into a peaceful new life in Trinidad with her family. And who cares if they’re there illegally --- aren’t most of the people on the island? But life for the Palacios is far from quiet --- and when Yola’s Aunt Celia dies, the family once again finds their lives turned upside down. For Celia had been keeping a very big secret --- she owed a LOT of money to a local criminal named Ugly. And without the funds to pay him off, Ugly has the entire family do his bidding until Celia’s debt is settled. But in the midst of the turmoil appears Roman, Ugly’s distractingly gorgeous right-hand man. And although she knows it’s terrible and quite possibly dangerous, Yola just can’t help but give in to the attraction. Where, though, do Roman’s loyalties lie?