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Songs of Silence (Caribbean Writers)
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Marlene's narrative is an echo of our own childhood experiences, and also a window through which people from other parts of the world can view events that shape part of our Caribbean world. There is mystery surrounding the neighbour hit by loneliness and hard times, the house crumbling about her in a yard overgrown with weeds. We too used the "big bed" as a trampoline with siblings, ignoring the empty threats of a loving father, or waited at the gate, long into the evening for a parent to return from work, or felt the burden of a school friend's poverty.
At the end of the book, we have traveled home once more, and can still hear the quiet words of wisdom from Ma.