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:

  1. Sophia’s New Shoes by Lelawatee Manoo-Rahming
  2. Lettuce by Sharon Millar
  3. Goal by Barbara Jenkins
  4. G&Ts And Rita Bloody Marley by Lisa Allen-Agostini
  5. One The Edges Of History by Judy Raymond
  6. The Island Of My Life by Diana McCaulay
  7. The Wayward Son by Vashti Bowlah


  1. “The Young Indian Witch Learns How To Pray” by Shivanee Ramlochan
  2. “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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Hello, I am Cindy, a Jamaican girl living in Trinidad & Tobago who is thoroughly enjoying island life. I started the BookOfCinz platform to encourage people to Read, read More, read Widely, and Read Caribbean.

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