THE BOY FROM WILLOW BENDProduct 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