I was on pins and needles reading about Seabiscuit’s last race. I was so nervous that something tragic was going to happen at the Santa Anita Handicap.

The most arresting parts of this section were the scenes about the bombings in London. I found those to be the most revealing about each character.

I didn’t have any knowledge of the struggles that Jamaican immigrants had in England, so I was saddened to read about the discrimination and hatred that Gilbert faced.

Small Island follows four main characters: Hortense and Gilbert, WWII-era immigrants from Jamaica, and Bernard and Queenie, their married British landlords.