Pearl: A Caribbean Story (Paperback)
After three young friends' playful attempt at Obeah (voodoo) on a pesky older sister, she dies.
Could their fooling with black magic actually have worked?
In a tale that will challenge the bonds of friendship and family relationships, the stage is set for an extraordinary coming of age.
A dark comedy, with its action hinging around the mysterious passing of a teenage girl named Pearl. It is about everyone except Pearl; about her mother Loretta, and brother Omar - A little boy whose mischievous exploits finally get the better of him.
The Enticingly Boyish Characters of Omar, Jeffrey & Chicken Positively Come Alive
The drama unfolds as Uncle Junior, and the village community respond in surprising ways to the corpse - still in house, while ongoing carnival festivities create a surreal atmosphere. Through their stories we get glimpses of Pearl; a girl struggling with the usual teenage angst while trying to find her place and purpose in society.
Fabulously well-paced, Pearl takes place amidst a backdrop of hot Caribbean summers and rollicking Crop-Over celebrations, the wild Atlantic Ocean and miles of rolling cane fields.
Pearl is a universal story
Family dysfunction, issues of race, class, culture, tradition, and just plain old bad habits push our characters to their wits' end.
An exciting read.