The Lesson (Paperback)

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Modern day Virgin Islands are suddenly invaded by aliens. Seemably peaceful they offer scientific advancements and cures to diseases. But is their help really benevolent? Turnbull uses this backdrop to explore the exploitation of humans, specifically Black male bodies, and the lasting effects of Colonialism in this well done debut.

— Jamie


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094081298
ISBN-10: 1094081299
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Language: English