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Product Details

  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (May 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439232474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439232477
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,336,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa481ea2c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa454d51c) out of 5 stars SpellbindingIf Dec 3 2009
By W. Muller - Published on
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If you like an easy to read yet spellbinding book, which in my case was not easy to put down, then this is the one for you. Aside from giving you an inside look into the post slavery era in the Caribbean, one soon realizes that slavery was abolished in theory only.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa454d768) out of 5 stars Born in the Briar Patch (1 & 2): Tastefully telling it like it was May 16 2014
By GERRYFERRET - Published on
Format: Paperback
'Briar Patch' and its sequel 'Briar Patch 2' (originally 'Flowering Flamboyant' are thoroughly engrossing. They are authentically Barbadian in their cultural presentation and seamlessly smooth in the way in which various sayings and events are brought in to help the non-Bajan reader learn about Barbadiana. They also bring smiles of recognition to the Bajan of yesteryear. They are both full of intrigue and suspense which make you want to find out what is going to happen next. While fictional, they do not fail to capture truly historical aspects of the country's colonial past, much of which is similar to that of other Caribbean countries. From an historical point of view, they absorb you into the reality of plantation society so that you feel what it is like to be living at that time. Briar Patch and its sequel are well worth reading and have the potential to be made into an excellent film or television serial.
The style of writing is encouragingly simple in a way that makes the story easy to follow; however the plot is so enchanting that you do not want to put the books down - it is a real page-turner. After I read the first one, I was extremely impatient to get my hands on the sequel, mentally and telepathically prodding the author to 'get it done'. I liked them so much that I bought two copies of each one so that I could always have one for myself and lend the second to others so that they could have a pleasant and worthwhile excursion into socio-cultural aspects of past Barbados.

Born in the Briar Patch and Born in the Briar Patch 2 (Beneath the Flowering Flamboyants) should definitely be on your reading list.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa454d9a8) out of 5 stars A Must Read! Sept. 28 2009
By G. Koolhof - Published on
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The title of Bev Clarke's book "Born in the Briar Patch" I found very interesting and I was curious to learn more about what constitutes a Briar Patch.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa454db4c) out of 5 stars Excellent reading! Oct. 6 2009
By Timothy Jay Holt - Published on
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I highly recommend Bev Clarke's "Born in the Briar Patch" for anyone seeking to escape into a wonderful, intriguing and often very touching story of triumph over the hard knocks in life and kindness of the soul prevailing through all of the twists and turns that make this piece of literature a true reflection of real life. All of the characters, each with a dynamic and unique personality, will spring to life before your very eyes as your imagination is triggered and indeed nurtured through Clarke's brilliant and very clever writing. The suspense of the story will keep the reader turning page after page in an almost frantic effort to guess how it will all unfold next. They say that literature is life and it will be easy to forget that you are reading fiction as Clarke does an amazing job of carrying the reader through a world of laughter and tears, happiness and sadness and indeed all of the ups and downs that make life what it is. You will not want to put this outstanding story down for a moment!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa454da20) out of 5 stars Nostalgic for the Caribbean. Aug. 16 2009
By Lorna Doone - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love a good book and read ALL types of books. I loved this book! This story is so appropriate to so many different people at different times in history. There is a great story being told here of men and women who had no choice for it was the 'norm' of the time. It made me smile and laugh. The characters we can ALL relate to because chances are we know each character in a family member or acquaintance! My heart breaks for poor Nellie, representing all the Nellies of the world. The author made me nostalgic for all things Caribbean. This book is fiction (?)but can easily be non-fiction. Great read for those who know what a briar patch is and for those who want to know what it is! This would also be appropriate for reading lists of schools.

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