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ABOUT THE BOOK: Three generations of the women in the Wright family all dream of leaving their home in a small Jamaican town, but each woman encounters obstacles and matters of the heart that keep her from living the life she wants. In varying ways,
Angelique, strong willed and adventurous, chooses between her daughter and opportunity as she contemplates leaving Carmen behind to move to Canada to pursue a career and bigger life. After experiencing heartbreak, proud matriarch Ruby is determined to see that no one ever has a reason to look down on her or her family, even if it means alienating the ones she loves. A young Carmen is torn between feelings of resentment and longing, as she strives to be independent while trying to build a relationship with her distant mother. At the right junctures, key questions are raised. Will Angelique's love interest leave upon hearing that she is married? Will Carmen finally see her father, Clifton, as she waits and waits for his return? What secret is hidden inside the mansion that houses the influential Chambers family?
The lives of Ruby, Angelique and Carmen mirror each other. They are intertwined leaving little air for personal growth. Peart's characters crave validation through the chimera of fancy houses, furniture, homes and social etiquette. Told with alternating points-of-view
Readers who enjoy Jamaican author Colin Channer (The Girl with the Golden Shoes) Elise Augstave (The Roving Tree) Lauren Francis Sharma (‘Til the Well Runs Dry) and other writers of Caribbean descent will appreciate the flavors and temperatures of
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dionne L. Peart, a Jamaican descendant, was born in England and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She currently resides in Washington, DC where she practices law and is working on more books including Blackheart Man, a story based on a Jamaican legend where a string of tragedies on the island sparks the hunt for a young man with a questionable past. Dionne enjoys a spicy red snapper or a mango smoothie and enjoys writing and reading works that explore another time, place and culture. Two of her writing inspirations are Marlon James and Edwidge Danticat. The Jamaica Gleaner recognized Dionne as “part of an emerging genre of writing by Jamaicans in this society.” BET.com featured