Product no.: HP121

Joanne C. Hillhouse

Vere’s irrepressible spirit is an asset as he comes of age in Antigua. His is a hard knocks existence marked by poverty and loss. The women in his life – his absent mother, longsuffering Tanty, rebellious June and first love Makeba – help shape him; so, too, his abrasive grandfather and others in his environment. In the end, though, it is a story about a boy, trying to hold on to what’s real and precious to him, trying to find his way in the world, and learning to be a man.

This engaging tale speaks particularly to young readers, while sparking nostalgia in older Caribbean readers as well.

“… exciting … The characters feel real and, best of all, they feel Caribbean, but the story could have held up in any culture.” Trinidad Guardian

… stands out as an example of self-redemption, self-motivation, and self-preservation.” She Caribbean, St Lucia

… well crafted, lively and absolutely believable … a great and insightful look at Caribbean life …” Daily Observer, Antigua

“Effectively addresses several issues prevalent in Caribbean society.” Sun Weekend, Antigua

“… charming …” LIAT Islander

  • 216 x 138 mm
  • 96 pages
  • Paperback


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