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Tricia Trotman-Maraj

West Indian Chronicles - Mamie

West Indian Chronicles - Mamie
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Published by Raider Publishing International
18th May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61667-081-8
West Indian Chronicles: Mamie highlights the struggle of a black teenage girl as she tries to find her own identity, in a post-colonial society that has remained socially unchanged since its independence in the early 1960's, takes the reader deep into the cultural practices of her ancestors and an education system that does not cater to the needs of traditional or indigenous peoples. Deslyn tries to fix the damage done to generations of her people by adopting a modern approach, but is forced to choose between practices that are considered new and right and traditions that are considered old and wrong. Her mind balks and she finds herself impotent to act against the practices of her ancestors. Her mother Rita recalls: She remembered the large brown hog that her mother had bought and given to Papa Saunders. The animal had fought violently as they stuffed its mouth with dirt and tied it up with twine and buried it alive. She remembered Papa telling her mother, "Just how we bury that dey is so he go suffer and rotten and dead! He playing he like to interfere and spoil people gyul chi'ren. Watch it and see." Read how Deslyn is forced to rely on necromancy to fight battles forged against her in an education system that discriminates against her skin colour, cultural background, and social position. See how she succeeds in an environment that reeks scorn upon the children of single parent households and how she gets her revenge on Pamela, the Principal who thought that Deslyn would achieve nothing in life.
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