A Caribbean Tale

A Caribbean Tale
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When a young Caribbean boy, born into poverty and abandoned by teenage parents, stumbles upon the international bestseller, The Power of Positive Thinking, he vows to make it the bible that would guide his path to a life of prosperity.

Despite devastating academic failures, he predicts before incredulous classmates, a successful career in accountancy, citing the name of his future employer a British telecommunications giant with deep colonial roots. And during moments of repose he d visualize his future bride, a beautiful girl from a different world, totally oblivious of his affection.

Against formidable odds, he sets out on an ill-prepared trip to London to pursue his dreams. But nothing goes according to plan. Meeting his mother and half-siblings for the first time leaves permanent scars. The search for his father proves futile. A bout of blindness all but crashes his dreams.

When he finds himself marooned in the seemingly desolate city in the depth of a bitter English winter, and facing destitution, he d have to summon more than The Power of Positive Thinking to see him through.

How long would it be before he returned to his island home to fulfill his destiny, and claim his heart s desire still oblivious of his affection?

The fateful events of 9/11 stir in him a profound desire to unlock the vaults of history. Private investigators unearth his father living good in London, a successful man with haunting secrets of a past life hidden from his loving family ... pictures buried in an attic ... a grandmother on a nearby island grieving her recently departed husband who d never seen his grandson ...

All the while, his relentless ambition profoundly reshapes his goals, his life, and just might redefine a generation.

Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the critically acclaimed A Caribbean Tale is a compelling non-fiction novel spanning decades, of hope and dreams, triumph and disaster, and the lessons of life and of living.

Highly recommended for those who dare to dream.

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1427605351
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A Death in Panama

A Death in Panama
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37.50 BBD

Ronald Williams' second novel, A Death in Panama is a worthy follow up to his highly successful first novel, Four Saints and an Angel. It is a book that will delight and mystify those who became instant fans, and for readers new to his work, it will have the impact of a seduction. Set in Panama, Barbados and the U.S., A Death in Panama presents us with the mysterious and frightening world of the Panama of the first decade of the 20th century when the canal was being built and fortunes were being made. Many of those fortunes were made in highly unlawful ways.

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9781434907325
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A Jamaican Storyteller's Tale

A Jamaican Storyteller's Tale
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A Jamaican Storyteller's Tale A Novel By Lorrimer Burford Underpinned by common Jamaican themes, A Jamaican Storyteller's Tale tells the story of a young man intent on saving an aspect of his heritage that is dying- the storytelling. He is heavily influenced by his father's skill at relating these stories.When his family migrates, he comes face to face with the possibility of losing this part of his heritage-forever. By merging these tales with the story of this young man, Burford skilfully creates a supernatural synthesis which captures and tantalizes the reader. ______________________ Having read Lorrimer Burford's "A Jamaican Storyteller's Tale," I feel proud to be a country bumpkin. I am even more proud because the settings of the tales are all from the parish of my birth. The duppy stories are intricately, yet easily woven and are guaranteed to give even the experienced reader goosebumps. Thank you for causing me to relive my rich cultural heritage. I wish that all who read this magnificent work will want to know more about Jamaican folklore and will tell their own stories to keep our oral traditions alive. OLIVER SAMUELS, Actor, Performer

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9768184841
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A Voice From the Tomb

A Voice From the Tomb
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Andreas Prescod is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania following the collapse of his career as a celebrated archaeologist and the locator of two mummies, one in Egypt, and one in Barbados. Unfortunately, his discoveries created a maelstrom of controversy over the origin of these finds, thus destroying his credibility. Quite unexpectedly, the government approaches Andreas for his assistance in a covert operation to obtain information regarding the activities of a company in Antarctica owned by Roger Branniff, his former father-in-law. Andreas s wife was lost on an expedition six years earlier and is presumed dead; however, new information leads him to believe she may still be alive. He embarks on a dangerous journey only to find that neither the past nor the future are what he believed them to be. What he discovers changes everything being taught about the creation of the earth and uncovers a real threat to the survival of its people. Even worse, he realizes he never really knew his wife, Eurydice, who continues to haunt his dreams. A Voice from the Tomb is a thought-provoking work of fiction...or is it reality?

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9781434925244
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Adolphus A Tale & the Slave Son

Adolphus A Tale & the Slave Son
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The Caribbean Heritage Series is designed to publish historic re-publications of Trinidad Literary Roots and comprises four Trinidadian novels published between 1838 and 1907. This second volume in the series presents two novels, Adolphus, a Tale and The Slave Son. Adolphus was first published in 1853 and was probably written by a Trinidadian mulatto, thus making it the first Trinidadian, and possibly the first West Indian, novel written by a mulatto and the first novel written by someone born and reared in Trinidad. A dramatic nineteenth-century tale, originally published in the newspapers of the day, Adolphus, traces the adventures of a mulatto son of a black slave women raped by a white man. Raised by a kind Spanish-Trinidadian padre, Adolphus grows into a handsome, well-educated, noble character. Later falling in love with Antonia Romelia, he manages to rescue her from a villainous kidnaper and they flee to Venezuela where they are free to marry. The Slave Son was originally published in 1854 by Chapman and Hall, and according to the author's foreword, it was inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and was written to support the abolitionist movement in the Unit

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9766401330
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All Over Again: A Novel

All Over Again: A Novel
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34.65 BBD

All Over Again is a hilarious and enchanting coming of age story as a young boy goes through the trials and joys and puberty, battles with his 6-year-old sister who is the bane of his existences, worries about disappointing his mother and understanding his father. He has to learn to get around the town's bully while moving beyond know-it-all Kenny. The story is energetically told and has an enchanting narrative style that pulls you into it immediately. Growing up is hard. You know this. And when your mother has X-ray eyes and dances like a wobbling bag of water? When your father's idea of fun is to put all your money in a savings account and make you get up at 5 am every Sunday morning?

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9789769543614
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An Absence of Ruins (Caribbean Modern Classics)

An Absence of Ruins (Caribbean Modern Classics)
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41.60 BBD

An Absence of Ruins was originally published in 1967, a period of decolonising ferment in Jamaica. This important and much sought-after Caribbean classic is now lovingly restored to print, with an introduction by Jeremy Poynting.

Patterson writes in the tradition of Dostoyevsky and Camus, creating a spiritual heir to the unnamed 'I' of Notes from the Underground or La Chute. Through the tangled love life of one Alexander Blackman, Patterson offers up a devastating critique of middle-class pretension, turning instead to the vibrant realities of the Jamaican working class. Full of sardonic humour and social commentary, the novel looks into the dark heart of social hierarchy, colonial education and the impact both have on the individual and the many.

"A very moving book about integrity preserved through an honest appraisal of its apparent loss."
Robert Nye, The Guardian

Orlando Patterson was born in Jamaica in 1940. He is the author of three novels: The Children of Sisyphus (1964, reprinted by Peepal Tree Press, 2011), An Absence of Ruins (1967), and Die the Long Day (1972). He received the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 1991, and the Order of Distinction from the Government of Jamaica in 1999. He is now Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781845231040
Publication Date: 
2012-11-01
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Ancestors

Ancestors
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75.00 BBD

Ancestors startlingly reinvents one of the most important long poems of our hemisphere. Here in a single volume is Kamau Brathwaite's long unavailable, landmark trilogy--Mother Poem, Sun Poem, and X/Self (1977, 1982, and 1987)--now completely revised and expanded by the author. With its "Video Sycorax" typographic inventions and linguistic play, Ancestors liberates both the language and the new-Caliban vision of the poet. In its fresh and more experimental form the trilogy embodies the recapture (what the poet has called the "intercovery") of Brathwaite's African/Caribbean ancestry as a possession of power and renewal, even as it plumbs the deep tonalities of enslavement, oppression, and colonial dispossession.

ISBN/SKU: 
0811214486
Publication Date: 
2001-06-17
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Arch of Fire

Arch of Fire
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48.90 BBD

A tongue in cheek novel, steeped with raging, raw emotion that is guranteed to raise many eyebrows. This is the exciting story of three divergent personalities with different backgrounds and skin tones. All are lost in the murky fogs of self doubt and insecurity that ruled their lives, shadowing their self-respect, independence and values. NADIA - A victim of abuse and betrayal. A young mother who is afraid to move forward, afraid to let go. HELEN - Brought up to believe that, "Anything darker than a grain of sand is no good." Yet she falls in love with a dark-skinned, dread-locked Rasta she wants to hate. MARJORIE - The eldest, is trapped by routine, low self-esteem and bulima. She is still involved with her re-married ex-husband of eleven years. Unlikely friends, Nadia, Helen and Marjorie, as only real friends can, empower each other to love , trust and explore their passions. Together they stand tall, with the warmth of the sun on their faces. They are strong, proud Jamaican women-Ladies Jamaican.

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9766250898
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Arrival of the Snake-Woman

Arrival of the Snake-Woman
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67.65 BBD

The Toronto author Olive Senior's Jamaican birthplace provides the setting for these powerfully engaging stories that span a period of roughly 150 years, from the closing days of slavery in 1838 to the 1980s. The tensions wrought by rapid change and conflicting loyalties are at the heart of these stories, most beautifully evoked in the novella "Arrival of the Snake-Woman". Here a young boy narrates the seminal event of his childhood in the late nineteenth century: the coming of a lonely Indian indentured woman into a mountain village. Senior's stories are leavened with wit and humour and the intricate play with language; her characters emerge as triumphant examples of the human spirit unravelling the complex weave of race, class, and cultural and ethnic identity.

First Canadian Edition

"Arrival of the Snake-Woman contains some of Olive Senior's masterpieces. A new edition is a caus for celebration." - H Nigel Thomas, from the Afterword

"Arrival of the Snake-Woman has consilidated (Olive Senior's) reputation as one of the most accomplished writers of short fiction and as one of the Caribbeans finest creative minds." - Caribbean Week

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1894770536
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At the Full and Change of the Moon

At the Full and Change of the Moon
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45.80 BBD

Written with lyrical fire in a chorus of vividly rendered voices, Dionne Brand's second novel is an epic of the African diaspora across the globe. It begins in 1824 on Trinidad, where Marie-Ursule, queen of a secret slave society called the Sans Peur Regiment, plots a mass suicide. The end of the Sans Peur is also the beginning of a new world, for Marie-Ursule cannot kill her young daughter, Bola -- who escapes to live free and bear a dynasty of descendants who spill out across the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Haunted by a legacy of passion and oppression, the children of Bola pass through two world wars and into the confusion, estrangement, and violence of the late twentieth century. "[Brand has] a lush and exuberant style that may put some readers in mind of Toni Morrison or Edwidge Danticat." -- William Ferguson, The New York Times Book Review; "A delicately structured, beautifully written novel infused with rare emotional clarity." -Julie Wheelwright, The Independent (London); "Rich, elegiac, almost biblical in its rhythms . . . One of the essential works of our times." -- The Globe & Mail (Toronto)
In 1824 on the island of Trinidad, Marie Ursule, queen of a secret society of militant slaves called the Sans Peur Regiment, plots a mass suicide, a quietly brazen act of revolt. The end of the Sans Peur is also the beginning of a new world, for Marie Ursule cannot kill her young daughter, Bola, who escapes to live free and bear a dynasty of descendants who spill out across the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Haunted by a legacy of passion and oppression, the children of Bola pass through two world wars and into the confusion, estrangement, and violence of the late twentieth century. There is Samuel, the soldier who goes to war to defend Mother England and returns with a broken spirit; Cordelia, a woman who has spent her life suppressing the fiery desire that finally catches her, unabated, in her fiftieth year; Priest, the "badjohn" who leaves the islands for a gangster life ranging from Miami to Brooklyn; and Adrian, who ends up a junkie on the streets of Amsterdam. And still in Trinidad there is the second Bola, who lives alone in the family home, wandering among the dead and waiting for the generations of her ancestors to join her.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802137234
Publication Date: 
2000-08-14
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Bangarang at Carnival

Bangarang at Carnival
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31.45 BBD

Sex and Scandal climax in the heat of Jamaica's Carnival. Following his success with Tough Girls Don't Dance, Osmund James hits us with a novel of fun-filled sex and romance set against the backdrop of Jamaica's carnival. This captivating book lays bare the morals of a class-filled Jamaican society, where to be a 'browning' is the ambition of many females and where sex and drugs are the currency of choice for whole sections of the society. Surprisingly for such an environment, there still remains hope of true love winning through as Dave, the possessor of a 'well-built golden brown body', woos and wins Jenny, 'the ebony black lady of his'. Fighting the social stigma of being born in Jones Town, Jenny escapes the clutches of Harry and Don T to revel in a love of unending ecstasy, amidst a sea of 'uptown' envy, greed and religious fervour. A cast of characters whose trails cross in a crescendo of carnival bacchanalia.

ISBN/SKU: 
9768184191
Publication Date: 
2002-08-15
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Between two Silences

Between two Silences
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22.15 BBD

This translation of Contreras' collection of short stories, Entre dos silencios / Between Two Silences, is timely and most welcome, not only because of the importance of her work, but also because of the quality of the translations. Anne Maria Bankay and Paulette Ramsay are gifted and experienced scholars. They bring to the difficult task of translating the literary text, years of experience, studying, translating, reading, writing about, and teaching Latin American and hispanophone Caribbean literature. We are grateful for this exciting new collection in English, from an interesting author, brought to us by two very competent and careful translators. This English version has been able to capture the moods, the atmosphere, the subtle ironies embedded in the narrative, as well as the rhythm of Contreras' prose...

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9768189355
Publication Date: 
2004-01-01
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Brown Girl in the Ring

Brown Girl in the Ring
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44.55 BBD

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother.

She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.

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0446674338
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Butterfly in the Wind

Butterfly in the Wind
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22.25 BBD

From early in her life, Kamla is surprised by a contrary inner voice which frequently gainsays the wisdom of her elders and betters. But Kamla is growing up in a traditional Hindu community and attending schools in colonial Trinidad where rote learning is still the order of the day. She learns that this voice creates nothing but trouble and silences it. In this book, the voice is freed.

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9780948833366
Publication Date: 
2001-07-01
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Children of the Shadows

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40.00 BBD
ISBN/SKU: 
999492236X
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Christmas Seduction

Christmas Seduction
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30.00 BBD

A beautiful romantic short story inspired by a chocolate promo event held by Barbadian chocolatier, Jems Barbados.The book is set in the beautiful country of Barbados at Christmas time and gives some insight of Christmas traditions of the country.Despite the Christmas theme, this book is a year round read for singles and couples alike, the seduction tips are cunning and in some instances humorous. Mariposa shows that seduction is neither boring nor tedious, all it calls for is a little imagination and the only risk involved is the possibility of being loved more.

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9781519793119
Publication Date: 
2015-12-28
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City of Bones: A Testament

City of Bones: A Testament
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70.10 BBD

As if convinced that all divination of the future is somehow a re-visioning of the past, Kwame Dawes reminds us of the clairvoyance of haunting. The lyric poems in City of Bones: A Testament constitute a restless jeremiad for our times, and Dawes's inimitable voice peoples this collection with multitudes of souls urgently and forcefully singing, shouting, groaning, and dreaming about the African diasporic present and future.

As the twentieth collection in the poet's hallmarked career, City of Bones reaches a pinnacle, adding another chapter to the grand narrative of invention and discovery cradled in the art of empathy that has defined his prodigious body of work. Dawes's formal mastery is matched only by the precision of his insights into what is at stake in our lives today. These poems are shot through with music from the drum to reggae to the blues to jazz to gospel, proving that Dawes is the ambassador of words and worlds.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780810134621
Publication Date: 
2017-01-15
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Collected Poems

Collected Poems
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39.25 BBD

Victor D. Questel established himself as one of the finest new Caribbean poets in the 1970s with three collections, all published in his native Trinidad: Score (1972) published jointly with his friend Anson Gonzalez, Near Mourning Ground (1979) and his posthumous Hard Stares (1982). Sadly, Victor Questel died too young at 33 in 1982 and who knows how his writing would have further developed. What is evident is that his poetry developed rapidly in the ten years between first and last publications, and that he left many fine poems that continue to speak to the present."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781845232030
Publication Date: 
2016-09-01
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Consequences: Death is Only Seconds Away

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50.00 BBD
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9789769712607
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Dark Energy

Dark Energy
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40.00 BBD

It all started with a discussion in a sociology class about man's nature: are we guided by our conscience, or are we driven by a dark energy? Young Barbadian university student Licia Small doesn't know it yet, but she's about to find out. Conservative, 'good-girl' Licia has a happy life with her parents, but this is quickly snatched away from her when she loses her mother and learns the ugly truth about her father. Life becomes even more complicated for Licia when her desperate circumstances and the people she meets test her ability to stay true to her positive goals, morals and values. Suddenly, Licia finds herself on a journey through a dark side of herself that she never knew was in her. Will she overcome it, or will she be seduced by the pull of the darkness?

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9781492703419
Publication Date: 
2014-03-05
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Disaster Matters: Disasters Matter

Disaster Matters: Disasters Matter
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50.00 BBD

A unique resource and captivating collection of poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction, and scientific articles - enhanced with colorful photographs and images - providing storied experiences and critical questions about climate issues, hazards, and disasters, especially hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes in the Caribbean.


This important contribution to the fertile ground of Caribbean literature enables the reader to view the common thread of disaster from these multiple perspectives and may inspire others to create their own unique accounts of facing disaster and engaging in the process of rebuilding.

- Michael Esposito, Cultural Development Consultant, President Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, USA


Disasters do matter, and this superb collection of notes and quotes, questions, poems, and stories from across the Caribbean is a testament to the intensity of human reactions to these life changing events. This literary anthology will enrich the disasters' literature and help engage young people in a topic of personal and professional importance.

- Dr. Emily Wilkinson, Senior Research Fellow, ODI Chief Scientific Adviser, CREAD-Dominica Co-Director, Caribbean Resilience and Recovery Knowledge Network

ISBN/SKU: 
9781915812346
Publication Date: 
2023-11-30
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Dream on Monkey Mountain

Dream on Monkey Mountain
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81.40 BBD
ISBN/SKU: 
0374508607
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Dreaming in Cuban

Dreaming in Cuban
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45.00 BBD

"Remarkable...An intricate weaving of dramatic events with the supernatural and the cosmic...Evocative and lush...A rich and haunting narrative, an excellent new voice in contemporary fiction."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Now available in a Spanish language edition from Ballantine Books.
Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia's story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. DREAMING IN CUBAN presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been.

ISBN/SKU: 
0345381432
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Earthquake

Earthquake
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18.30 BBD

Ricky Thomas, his brother Doug, and his sister Polly spend their summer holidays in the coffee walk surrounding their grandparents' country home in Dallas, Jamaica. Above the children the leaves of the mango and coffee trees are drying, the thin asphalt is becoming syrupy beneath their feet, and the atmosphere is electric with the sun's heat. While Ricky scouts for an observation platform for his imaginary island, the siblings feel the earth itself move beneath them. Is it part of their vivid imaginations, or is it the sign of a coming earthquake?

ISBN/SKU: 
9781845231828
Publication Date: 
2011-05-01
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