"Is Just a Movie is not just a movie, it's a poem, too."—Arundhati Roy, author, The God of Small Things
"Earl Lovelace is arguably the Caribbean's greatest living novelist. In Is Just a Movie, he writes at the top of his considerable literary powers, picturing the Caribbean's poor and powerless defending their ever-embattled humanity with resourcefulness and tenacity."—Randall Robinson, author, Makeda
"Is Just a Movie confirms Lovelace as a master storyteller of the West Indies."—Financial Times
"Lovelace is bursting with things to say about this complex, heterogeneous society in the late twentieth century. This he does with a flair that at its best reaches a soaring rhapsody."—Guardian
"Funny, moving, endlessly inventive."—The Times
"Vivid prose that seems to stroll effortlessly across the page. Lovelace's loose writing is meticulously crafted but it retains its casual elegance."—The Times Literary Supplement
In Trinidad, in the wake of 1970's Black Power rebellion, we follow Sonnyboy, Singer King Kala, and their town's folk through experiments in music, politics, religion, and love—and in their day-to-day adventures. Humorous and serious, sad and uplifting, Is Just a Movie is a radiant novel about small moments of magic in ordinary life.
Earl Lovelace's books include While Gods Are Falling, winner of the BP Independence Award; the Caribbean classic The Dragon Can't Dance; and Salt, which won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize. For Is Just a Movie, he has won the Grand Prize for Caribbean Literature by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe.