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The Talking Palm:How the childhood storms of a young woman's life remained hidden until a palm fruit started talking [Kindle Edition]

Esther Jno-Charles
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sheryl grows up in the Caribbean isle of Dominica believing in a cultural myth that a big bad man called a “skerrit” kills children who do not go to school. But a truant Sheryl thinks that can never happen to her until the day she learns that the “skerrit” has come to get her, and the frightened nine-year old faces a fate that she thinks nobody can save her from. As Sheryl matures and encounters more powerful people determined to harm her, however, she fights back the best she can. One day, an unusually mighty friend whom she has been longing to see all of her life finally visits her land. But the excited twenty-year old soon discovers that her friend’s landing is not what she had anticipated, and more than she had expected. Stories of stormy as well as delightful encounters in this novel are buried deep within Sheryl, until one night, one late college night, when a palm fruit starts her talking.

Product Details

  • File Size: 374 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Stepping Out of The Boat, Inc.; 1 edition (May 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052F3S5W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Culture Shock August 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a coming of age book that is geared more towards adults.

Sheryl faces many challenges not the least of which is her role as a female in a male dominated society. We see the story from her point of view.

The story is good overall. It appeared to me the time line was not linear. One could say that is how memories work. One thought triggers another memory. That is understandable but still makes it difficult for the reader to follow at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex topics in a young voice, beautifully written September 29, 2011
By A.B.
Format:Kindle Edition
What struck me most about this book is the authenticity and innocence of its voice. Sheryl, the main character, is a young girl going through a culture shock within her OWN country and her own people, as certain traditions and expectations are forced upon her. Most writers deal with these kind of situations by making the character seem too grown up for her own age, unbelievably mature and scarred for life, but Esther Jno Charles writes the voice of Sheryl in a way that readers of all ages can relate to and believe. Sheryl's speaking is very simplistic and childlike at the beginning of the novel, as she tries to understand and grasp some of the things she's forced to deal with, and slowly matures and grows throughout the novel--just like a real child would reason and grow.

Amazing book! Amazing story and wonderfully written. I look forward to more books from Esther.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, quite inspirational September 11, 2011
By MonHon
Format:Kindle Edition
Just like the book's main character, I have few similar experiences. What I like about the book is its potential to help those who were in my shoes when I was a teenager to stand up for myself. This is a powerful book to teach in schools so young women can learn at a very young age that they have a right just like everyone else to have a choice in life and not to be afraid of what people may say or think.

The author of the book uses beautiful language and imagery to describe the place where she grew up that it makes me want to go to Dominica! Also, the words are poetic, it's beautiful.

I recommend this book to anyone, young or adult.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening educational journey in many ways... September 9, 2011
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Before reading this book, I knew very little about this part of the globe. Now after finishing I know not only about Dominica, but the people and the lifestyle... and in particular, the struggle of a woman growing up there. The narrative is filled with first person accounts of life in Dominica from the perspective of the young woman from earlier in her youth to her womanhood, marriage, and motherhood. It is as if the reader grows as the lead character grows, becoming invested in the journey as the payoffs are seen. The book also illustrates the place of women in the society at the time and the ways in which the lead character is also unusual in relation to that society. This is a very enlightening educational journey not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An all-around fantastic book! August 24, 2011
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A phenomenal book! The Talking Palm by Esther Jno-Charles is a fictionalized autobiographical novel about a young girl coming of age in Dominica. It brings to life her adventures, struggles and triumphs in creative, vivid and oftentimes laugh out loud prose. This is a fantastic read for young adults, who may learn from Sheryl's decisions and use them to make better choices in their lives. Readers are gifted with an honest insight into a difficult relationship between father and daughter - that also develops between a growing up Sheryl and her husband. Along the way, the author peppers the tales with Sheryl's delicious coconut food-ventures and brings the exotic myths of Dominica to life through the protagonists' eyes. An enjoyable, entertaining, and thought provoking read! Highly recommended.
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