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The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull
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The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

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*Winner of the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Speculative Fiction (Debut Category)*

Included in Oprah Magazine's "16 Books to Read to Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Named a Best Book of 2019 by Polygon, Barnes and Noble, Publishers WeeeklyKirkus, Library Journal, and Fountain Bookstore!

Shortlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Awards.

Included in Locus' 2019 Recommended Reading List for First Novel.

AAMBC Literary Award Nominee for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author of the Year.

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witnesses and victims to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.