"I Wish I Could Tell You"
An Anthology from Lynn Joseph

Published in Bermuda, June 2012

I’m Lynn Joseph and I am a Trinidadian author of books set mostly in the Caribbean. My favorite thing to do is travel. I’ve written about the wonderful places I’ve lived like Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, New York and now I’m working on a book set in Bermuda. In my travels, I focus on learning about the different cultures, interviewing everyone I meet, and sharing stories, life events, and day-to-day activities with the friends and families who adopt me. It is their love and stories that fuel my creative energy to write. I am forever grateful for that. I look forward to many more travels (and hopefully books!) Thank you for visiting my site.

Fifteen-year-old Nina Perez is faced with a future she never expected. She must leave her Garden of Eden, her lush island home in Samana, Dominican Republic, when she's sent by her mother to live with her brother, Darrio, in New York, to seek out a better life.

As Nina searches for some glimpse of familiarity amid the urban and jarring world of Washington Heights, she learns to uncover her own strength and independence. She finds a way to grow, just like the orchids that blossom on her fire escape. And as she is confronted by ugly secrets about her brother's business, she comes to understand the realities of life in this new place. But then she meets him — that tall, green-eyed boy — one that she can't erase from her thoughts, who just might help her learn to see beauty in spite of tragedy.

"A compelling read ... Joseph does an
exceptional job of portraying flawed but sympathetic characters."
School Library Journal

"A moving, thoughtful coming-of-age story
set against a realistic multicultural backdrop."
Publishers Weekly

"A tale that needs to be told."
Kirkus Review

"Compelling story full of beauty, heartbreak,
and flashes of wisdom."
RJ Redwine, Ed. of Young Adults Book Central

"An absorbing picture of a thoughtful young woman navigating a challenging new environment with intelligence, moral courage, and grace."
The Horn Book

Twelve-year-old Ana Rosa is a blossoming writer growing up in the Dominican Republic, a country where words are feared. Yet there is so much inspiration all around her -- watching her brother search for a future, learning to dance and to love, and finding out what it means to be part of a community -- that Ana Rosa must write it all down. As she struggles to find her own voice and a way to make it heard, Ana Rosa realizes the power of her words to transform the world around her -- and to transcend the most unthinkable of tragedies.

“An achingly beautiful story”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Poetically structured, vividly imagined."
The Horn Book

"Simple but eloquent." Starred review, Booklist

“A rare intimate view of life in the Dominican Republic ... showcases Joseph's gift for metaphoric language.” Publishers Weekly

“A finely crafted novel, lovely and lyrical”, this book is a unique addition to library shelves.”
School Library Journal

“This book is amazing. This is an OUTSTANDING story ... full of wonderful characters, a powerful message - and rich, exciting, tasty words.
Amazon, LA Teach.

Int'l Reading Association - Notable Book for a Global Society
ALA Notable Children’s Book
Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of
Social Studies
Américas Award for Children’s and Young
Adult Literature
Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book
Book Sense 76 Pick
Lynn Joseph | Trinidadian Author of Children's and Young Adult Novels
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