H. Nigel Thomas, Lives: Whole and Otherwise, Tsar Pubns: These stories of triumph and despair present a gallery of characters, Caribbean immigrants struggling against the odds, as they make their way through the maze of urban life. Set in Montreal, Lives breaks the stereotypes to give us a side of Canada rarely acknowledged. Mary Fellows is a sex-worker organizing a demonstration on St Catherine Street; Margaret is on a perpetual quest for a suitable man, her latest folly a suave, much younger man she brought over from Jamaica; Greta, a domestic help, proudly holds up her son’s high school diploma; but can he read it? Lives adds to Thomas’s already considerable reputation as a chronicler of black life in Montreal.
Richard Byron-Cox, Were Mama’s Tears in Vain?, Trafford: Set in the Caribbean between 1900 and 1960, this book of stories is an exciting, engaging, suspense-filled and revealing biography of its characters. The reader empathizes with their pains, sorrows, ignorance and suffering, but ultimately joins them in the sunshine of triumph.
The Dead Man Living with Us:
-Tony is almost strangled to death in his sleep and wakes to the sound of invisible footsteps leaving his room. He is worried that there is something sinister about his home. His fears multiply when his mother makes a startling revelation.
When Japheth met Lucifer:
-Japheth terrorised his village to the point where he is recognised as champion bully. He shows no mercy for anyone, as he thought he would never need it from anyone. But that was until the night he met Lucifer.
Sattou’s pain and Mr. Penniston’s burden:
-Sattou spent thirty years searching the world for a family truth. He never suspected that it was in that man living on the opposite bank of the river, whose life he saved when aged seventeen. Charles, his cousin, finds that truth, but is it too dangerous to be revealed to Sattou?
Lord Orator and the Calypso Tent:
-Lord Orator is hurt by love and seeks revenge on the culprit, a La Bassy woman. He must however get past the anger and missiles from the La Bassy patrons in the Calypso Tent. Who will win this contest of wills?
Were Mama’s Tears in Vain?:
-As the shadows lengthened in the cemetery, 12-year-old Boysie sees no prospect other than returning to the estate to a life of ignorance, subservience and poverty. He is tormented that all his hopes and dreams will be locked forever in that grave. Or will fate be kinder to him and offer the redemption that Mama so pleaded for?
Cecil Browne, The Moon Is Following Me, Matador: This collection of short stories recalls an era when the village was the centre of life in the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Nostalgic, but not sentimental, these stories are based on real events and relate the experiences of a range of characters striving to make a name for themselves; they are people in search of a larger stage. The title story, The Moon is Following Me, paints a picture of school life as it was in the seventies. It features a headmaster who is fond of rum and a teacher who works for half a day only, but it is essentially a story of young love and hope. Take for Two relates the story of Archie, who, on the night he is leaving on a contract to America, is asked by his sweetheart for a ‘special dress’ as a present. When he returns three months later with a wedding dress, he is met with disappointment. Spanish Ladies is based on the murder of a 17-year-old by a preacher. Even now, from this distance, it is painful to recall. The fourth story tells of an unlikely love, brought about by music, and the final story, Taste For Freedom, is an attempt to recreate the early years after the Emancipation. The stories are at times funny and unsettling but rarely sad. These are ‘real’ people, individual, ambitious, mad, vengeful, naive: they are like villagers everywhere.
Cecil Browne, Feather Your Tingaling, Matador: This collection of short stories from the Caribbean and England brings to life characters who are part of Caribbean folklore. Some serious, others delightfully humorous, the characters will remain with the reader for a long time. This book is essential reading for those interested in Caribbean folklore and history.
Who is the ‘brown-skin’ girl, and why does her ‘sailor man’ advise her to stay home and mind baby? Why is eighteen-year-old Helen Wiley’s mother concerned when her daughter is late? After spending a night with Basil Lincoln, why does Lorna Toney feel lucky? When he finds thousands of dollars in a trunk in the mountain, why does Lionel burn the money? As a founding member of The Circuit, an organisation that meets every Saturday night in a small town to the west of London, Cunningham is shocked when new members suggest enlivening proceedings with a stripper. On the way home after school sixteen-year old Caroline Chatoyer bumps into Raymond Pilgrim singing a lewd song at the top of his voice. They meet again at the district sports, become friends, Raymond suggests that she applies to join the prestigious Telfer Grammar School. Is Caroline brave enough, or good enough for Telfer? And finally, when fifteen-year old Melanie loses her aunt’s cutlery in the river, why does her aunt’s boyfriend suggest that she goes and ‘feather her tingaling?’
The stories give a fresh insight into Caribbean life at home and abroad. Even those familiar with Caribbean literature and folklore will find something new and surprising here. The stories are modern and draw on the eclectic mix that define the West Indies.
Marcia King-Gamble, Baby, I Want You, autopubblicato: Anais Cooper is burnt out on big city living. When she unexpectedly inherits a house on Anastasia Island, a suburb of St. Augustine, Florida, she quits her job and moves south. Anais’s goal is to turn the ramshackle house into an upscale spa.
Retired athlete, Palmer Freeman, Anais’s next door neighbor has plans for the property. All his offers are turned down flat. It’s just a matter of time. He doubts that Anais has the business acumen or means to turn the home into an income producing property.
Palmer, a single parent, raising two girls, has his own challenges. His youngest, Savannah is rebellious and has an eating disorder. But she seems to connect with his uncooperative neighbor, Anais. Palmer gets the idea to strike a deal. He’ll endorse the new spa if Anais agrees to help Savannah lose weight. What he doesn’t anticipate is his strong attraction to a woman who really should be the enemy.
Marcia King-Gamble, Down and Out on Flamingo Beach, Harlequin: Every smart woman needs a plan!
Mine is simple: return to my old hometown to help my ailing Granny “J” give her failing quilt shop a major makeover, and hightail it back to Los Angeles and civilization.
Settling down in small-town Flamingo Beach isn’t on the agenda. Neither is falling for someone like Derek Morse, even if the gorgeous construction worker has velvet-smooth skin and a rock-hard body that’s been starring in all my illicit daydreams. Besides, Derek has me pegged for a seriously high-maintenance sister.
But as I’m about to learn, first impressions can be misleading. And taking the time to learn the truth about someone could lead to all kinds of delightful and mutually satisfying discoveries….
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Trish St. Hill, Beneath the Golden Mango Tree, Ajani Publishing: Beneath the Golden Mango Tree chronicles the integration process of the West Indian immigrants into American culture through the experience of a young girl who moved from the West Indies to America at the end of the 1970’s. For anyone who has taken the immigrant journey, it reminds us of our struggles, our pain and ultimately our triumph. This novel depicts a poignant tale which brings an often forgotten immigrant group – West Indians to the forefront and mingles the West Indian experience with that of the historical tragedy of the Garifuna people of Central America. Through the backdrop of a special friendship, Felicia engulfs us with her humor, her tears and her successes, as we experience her coming of age with full realization and embracing of her ancestral Garifuna heritage. As she blossoms into full womanhood, we revel in her acceptance of the varied shades of life that teaches a lesson in pride, ambition and total acceptance. Beneath The Golden Mango Tree is the first in a dazzling series by Trish St. Hill which masterfully blends West Indian and Garifuna immigrant stories that saturate our soul with jubilance and victory.
Trish St. Hill, Beyond the Mango’s Shade, Ajani Publishing: Emotionally bruised and disillusioned, the beautiful and sophisticated Felicia Francois-Nanton is determined to soothe her wounded spirit by delving into her quest of righting the historic wrong of her Garifuna people. When cupid’s arrow crosses her heart in the form of dashing, Belizean born Garifuna, Darvil Ballentyne, Felicia struggles to stick to her convictions and avoid his irresistible charm. But his charm proves a force to be reckoned with and Felicia wonders if her heart is leading her down another troubled path. As she struggles to stay on the course she envisioned for her mission, life sends her a staggering jolt that her father might still be alive. Can Felicia find the balance and strength to carry the historic torch of her people’s fight while she searches for her father – the illusive Clifton Lavia; and explore the depths of her erotic entanglement with the striking Belizean Garifuna heartthrob that inundates her soul? Beyond the Mango’s Shade is the second book in the trilogy by Ms St. Hill and just like the first book, you won’t be disappointed.
Nickie Williams, Hybrid Angel. Part 1, Island Girl Press: Teenager Aja Taylor is adjusting to the death of her father and a move to a new state. It seems she can’t catch a break, when she’s nearly killed twice in the same week. It gets even worse when she has an argument with the popular quarterback at her new school. With the help of a new love interest and her best friends, she has to figure out who is out to get her…or die trying.
Nickie Williams, Hybrid Angel. Part 2, Island Girl Press: In the second installment of Hybrid Angel, Aja deals with the aftermath of her argument with the popular quarterback of her new school. Is he really missing? Or is this his idea of a sick joke? Meanwhile, the addition of a new player in town sets her hormones on fire…friend or foe? Only time will tell.
Nickie Williams, Hybrid Angel. Part 3, Island Girl Press: In the third installment of Hybrid Angel, Aja is once again in danger. She also learns a little more about Max and the reason for his presence at Arcadia High. A long held secret is exposed. What could it be? How will it affect her relationship with those around her?