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.