How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her HouseJones, Cherie
Wealthy tourists flock to the tropical delights of Baxter's Beach, Barbados, but for the locals who never get to leave, life in the 1980s is far from idyllic.
Lala, whose home is a beachside shack, was raised with the cautionary tale of what happens to girls who disobey their mothers, but still the intergenerational trauma continues.
Lala's husband Adan, her grandmother Wilma, her friend and champion Tone; they all tell a different story of this Caribbean paradise, of hardship and violence as the sun shines and the sea sparkles.
Told from a variety of perspectives, this is a powerful and haunting story of paradise lost.
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"This is a powerful book about women and domestic violence. It's a haunting story."
"Such a vibrant writing style. It brings the beauty, violence and struggles to life."
"I thought the ending was a little weak compared to the rest of the story, but the epilogue reveals that this story is based on the real-life experience of Lala."
"The author tells the story very succinctly with no emotion - it helps the reader to cope with the domestic violence."
"Considering one in three women worldwide experience domestic abuse, I think there will be plenty to discuss."
"The use of language is hypnotic."
"The story is beautifully structured and very gripping."
"I enjoyed the characterisation, both major and minor characters."