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The Rami Johnson trilogy is a series of books written by Jamaican author C. Everard Palmer and published by Macmillan Caribbean Publishers. The first book, My Father, Sun-Sun Johnson, was published in 1984, followed by Full Circle: The Rami Jonson Story in 2003 and A Time to Say Goodbye in 2006.
The series chronicles the growth of the titular protagonist from his teens to early adulthood and eventual married ife. In the first book, he contends with the after-effects of his parents' divorce and his father's loss of land and business power to rival Jake Hibbertson, and outlines the efforts his father makes to reclaim his status and reputation. The second book chronicles Rami's efforts to fully reclaim his family land from Jake, while going into his courtship of his longtime sweetheart Donna Rae Hilcher. The third book, told from Donna Rae's point of view, outlines the Johnson family's reaction to Jake's previously-unknown younger brother coming to set up roots in the village, and goes in-depth into the development of certain minor characters.
The series is used in schools as English Literature textbooks.
(N.B.: At this time, the trope list for this page is incomplete.)
Tropes present throughout the Rami Johnson Trilogy:
- All of the Other Reindeer: The villagers treat Sun-Sun, and Rami by proxy, with much disdain during the fiters of the first book, after Jake's acquisition of Robin Hill forces the two to move to the much-less-glamorous River Bottom property. Rami feels the sting from his classmates at school.
- Abusive Parents: Jake's brother is this toward his son in the third book.
- Babies Ever After: Rami and Donna Rae, at the end of the second book.
- Big Bad: Jake Hibbertson, though his role is much more low-key in the third book.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Brad, Rami's younger brother. Arlene, Rami's sister, is this to a lesser degree.
- Coming of Age Story
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Sun-Sun rescues his family and Jake from the burning Robin Hill but fails to save himself, yet he laughs while burning to death.
- First Girl Wins: Donna Rae. She and Rami get married by the end of the second book.
- Heroic BSOD: Rami has one following his father's death.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sun-Sun dies saving Jake from the Robin Hill fire at the end of the first book.
- Hot Mom: Debbie and Mrs. Hilcher both qualify. Donna Rae herself eventually becomes one too.
- Infant Immortality: Subverted in between the first and second book - Baby Jake dies from complications arising from the effects of the Robin Hill fire.
- Jerkass: Jake Hibbertson. The Rev. Ledbetter qualifies as well.
- Jerk Jock: Collie Rainer is a subversion--he's the most popular boy at school, but he's also Rends him from the taunts of their schoolmates in the first book.
- Kick the Dog: Jake does this often, and it eventually reaches its peak when he openly accuses Sun-Sun of setting the fire that destroys Robin Hill and that Sun-Sun dies saving Jake from. Debbie eventually breaks up with Jake because of that.
- Mook: Cripes was one of these for Jake in the second book, until his Heel Face Turn.
- The Resenter: The elderly Albert loathes the fact that Rami has set the much younger Cripes in a ent position on the farm above himself, although this is due to Cripes availing himself of tutoring opportunities from Donna Rae.
- Shipper on Deck: Sun-Sun seems to have been this for Rami and Donna-Rae.
- Teacher's Pet: After Rami and Donna-Rae get married, Brad expects his sister-in-law, who is also his form teacher, to treat him this way. However, it's subverted.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Jake and Debbie for the latter half of the first book.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Jake proves himself to be this at the end of the first book.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Cripes in the secon a lot of teasing in his childhood because of it.