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Survival adventure and brutal political corruption come together on a picturesque Caribbean island in this gripping contemporary story of a local boy, Shango, 12, who finds himself alone after his beloved grandmother dies. Unable to get police help, he buries her secretly. His dream is to join his long-absent mother in the paradise of New York City, but she does not answer his calls, and his cell phone is dying. The officials ignore him; in fact, he witnesses unspeakable official violence and cover-ups while visitors bask in the tropical sun. With sharp wit, the boy’s viewpoint reveals darkness behind the glamorous images of the Caribbean: “Tourism was the process of selling illusions to foreigners.” Just as revealing are the small acts of kindness by the struggling local people. Shango puts up mangoes for sale at his grandmother’s fruit stall, and everyone leaves him the money when he is away. Right up until the shocking ending, readers will be held by both the grim reality and the hope. --Hazel Rochman

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David Valentine Bernard is the author of five novels—including the critically acclaimed Intimate Relations with Strangers. Originally from the Caribbean nation of Grenada, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, when he was nine years old. In 2010, he returned to the Caribbean (Jamaica) to complete a master’s degree in international development. Learn more at DVBernard.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books; Original edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593094612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593094614
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on October 2, 2013
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I found myself not wanting to put the book down.. Definitely felt drawn in by this character Shango you couldn't help but feel for the seemingly helpless child waiting for his mother to rescue him.. But helpless he was not.. He learns to survive on his own. Definitely a great book on a little boys survival instincts and his ability to survive in this cruel world with the cards he was dealt... Loved it. Waiting on part 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marguerite Sheriff on September 19, 2013
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Shango is a wonderful character. Coming from the islands I can identified with many of the sour characters in this book. I could see this being made into a movie.
I would love to follow Shango as he grows up - hope there will be more
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