A boy is killed on a government minister’s orders as part of his mission to clean up the country and others made complicit must explore their consciences; a youth gets ready to play his role in the country’s lucrative kidnap business; a sister tries to make peace with the parents of the white American girl her brother has murdered; a gangster makes his posthumous lament. Trinidad in all its social tumult is ever present in these stories, which range across the country’s different ethnic communities, across rural and urban settings, from locals and expatriates to the moneyed elite and the poor scrabbling for survival. What ties the collection together is Sharon Millar’s achievement of a distinctively personal voice: cool, unsentimental and empathetic. If irony is the only way to inscribe contemporary Trinidad, there is also room for both generous humor and the possibility of redemption.
“Trinidad in all its social tumult is ever present in these beautifully written stories from Commonwealth Prize-winning writer, Sharon Millar where her characters come intensely alive at points of crisis. Millar’s 2013 Commonwealth Prize collection examines everyday localities and human complexities in beautifully subtle snapshots.”
Caribbean Books Foundation