Thursday, June 15, 2006

Here is the front cover of Sapodilla Terrace

Read the author's comment on the back cover:

I am interested in Caribbean transitions - from trace to terrace and the rot that follows the sapodilla when it moves from country to town; the transformation from peasant to middle class life styles; how mass education has changed Caribbean society; how race and class have turned everything, including Carnival, upside down. But above all, I am interested in people, male relationships in particular, and how the ‘outside child’ remains a deep-rooted West Indian constant that you can’t put out of the house.

Sapodilla Terrace is available on and

Sapodilla Terrace is my latest novel and I welcome your comments. I began writing Sapodilla about 10 years ago. Back then it was called Paul's Story, because I saw it as the second installment of a trilogy about an ordinary family living in the English-speaking Caribbean. Sapodilla is a sequel to my first novel, Bluejean. Bluejean is Carol's story. In Sapodilla, Paul, Carol's brother tells his tale. My plan is still to write the third part of the trilogy, the mother's story. The mother's name is Benita. Where is the father in all of this? Ask Paul ...