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
About the Author
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.