Thicker Than Water:New Writing From The Caribbean is a collection of memoirs, essays, stories and poems by Caribbean Writers. Some of the writers in this collection I was already familiar with, others I was excited to hear from.
The collection is edited by Funso Aiyejina and he did an amazing job of curating this strong, refreshing look into Caribbean Life. While I am not a big fan of poetry, I did enjoy the Poets and their poems that were featured. This collection is a great nod to the Caribbean culture, lifestyle and vibrant lives Caribbean people live. A lot of different topics are covered in this collection, overall writing is tight, poignant and lively.
It was a bit hard to narrow down my favorites because I enjoyed almost all the writings contained in this anthropology. I do have a few stand outs:
- Sophia’s New Shoes by Lelawatee Manoo-Rahming
- Lettuce by Sharon Millar
- Goal by Barbara Jenkins
- G&Ts And Rita Bloody Marley by Lisa Allen-Agostini
- One The Edges Of History by Judy Raymond
- The Island Of My Life by Diana McCaulay
- The Wayward Son by Vashti Bowlah
- “The Young Indian Witch Learns How To Pray” by Shivanee Ramlochan
- “When You Eat A Mango” by Peta-Gaye V Williams
Honestly, I always find myself so proud and oozing with Caribbean pride when I read from these Writers. It is clear these Writers have a lot to offer the literary world at large and I am here for it. If you are looking for a solid collection of stories, poems, essays and memoirs that authentically captures Caribbean life, I highly recommend you reading this book.
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