Born in the Briar Patch Paperback – May 25 2009
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About the Author
Born on the island of Barbados and educated at St. Michael's Girls' School, the author immigrated to Canada in 1969 and shortly after joined Air Canada as a Stewardess. After eighteen years in this position, she moved to Germany where she lived for thirteen years. In 2003, she wrote her first novel, Am I my Brother's keeper, which has been re-written under a new title, The Second Heartbeat. Also to her credit is the novel Black Pearls and her latest work, "Born in the Briar Patch," with the sequel, "Under the Flowering Flamboyants" already sent for publishing. She now lives in Oakville, Ontario.
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The characters in this novel come to life and one instantly shares the emotions each of them go through. The book portrays hope, despair, joy and extreme sadness
but proves that perserverence and love can conquer all.
From the very first paragraph, I was hooked. "The fiery evening sun was setting as the group of bare-footed plantation workers struggled home from a hard day in the fields...with fatigue etched across their faces....shoulders moving to the rhythm of their bodies". Brilliant!
Throughout the book, the author cleverly writes in such a way, the reader can visualize the characters while feeling their emotion, pain, passion and joy, especially during this period of history. The day to day struggles each character faces, again, captured beautifully.
The main character Nellie Peterkin is a strong woman, endures the unspeakable, survives struggle after struggle, makes unbelievable sacrifices, and yet manages to build a commendable life worth living, provide hope to others & escape the Briar Patch.
The book is a must read. I'm curious how long before we see Nelli Peterkin and accompanying characters appear on the big screen at the Toronto Film Festival.
I learned a lot from this book, not only the history of Barbados but the hardships some of the characters faced at that time. I particularly enjoyed the characters of Miss Una and Nellie.
The author left you wanting to experience more about the characters and hence you can continue to do so with the sequel "Beneath the Flowering Flamboyant".
I have read both books, thoroughly enjoyed them and would surely recommend them to all readers out there.
Bev Clarke also wrote "The Second Heartbeat" and "Just One Handful of Snow".