There were bouts of laughter and expressions of anticipation on their faces as the group of family, friends and well-wishers listened keenly to the reading of Beverley East's latest book, Bat Mitzvah Girl, which was launched on the gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently.
After pouring her heart and soul into the tragic loss of her family story in Reaper of Souls, East reveals the other side of her family life in Bat Mitzvah Girl. It is a coming-of-age story of one little girl living between two countries and two families that loved her - her own and that of four Jewish sisters.
According to East, "The book is essentially about family love that spans over 50 years between Jamaica and the UK, with other themes such as migration, race and colonialism coming out as well."
The book has already received high praises from several critics and well-known authors, including the critically acclaimed author Colin Channer. "Bev East's charismatic personality and expansive humanity illuminate this tie-dyed, sunburst reminiscence of a wide-eyed childhood spent in Jamaica and the UK. As much personal recollection as travelogue, Bat Mitzvah Girl brings together two of the world's most tragic diasporas in one love," he shared.
Among those in attendance at the book launch were Israel's ambassador to Jamaica Moshe Marco Sermoneta, head of the Jamaican Jewish Community, Ainsley Henriques and his wife Marjorie, and Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan. Professor Carolyn Cooper hosted the evening's proceedings and entertainment was provided by Orville 'Bagga' Case.
Bat Mitzvah Girl is distributed through Novelty Traders Limited and will be available in most bookstores.
Beverley East is a leading expert in the field of forensic document examination and graphology.