Book Discussion: Trauma in Indo-Caribbean Literature — Repeating Islands

I’ll admit I don’t often think of Caribbean books along ethnic lines as I’m reading – they’re Caribbean or not Caribbean to me – but there’s no denying that the Caribbean is made up of different communities with different types of experiences that are different and yet all part of being in the world as a Caribbean person. And the trauma, they are rich in trauma of a different type, and the family dynamics and history that informs that. That said, I did a mental check, to see what are some Indo-Caribbean (meaning Caribbean people of East Indian descent) books I’ve read (I’ll link my review if I did one) and which you might want to check out.

The Swinging Bridge by Ramabai Espinet
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
Miguel Street by V S Naipaul
A House for Mr. Biswas by V S Naipaul
Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo
Tide Running by Oonya Kempadoo
Littletown Secrets by K. Jared Hosein
Children of the Spider by Imam Baksh

I need to do better. – JCH, Wadadli Pen founder-coordinator and blogger

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Tiara Jade Chutkhan’s (Brown Girl Magazine) focuses books such as Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad, by Krystal A. Sital; Trauma: A Collection of Short Stories, by Elizabeth Jaikaran; Ramabai Espinet’s The Swinging Bridge; and Harold Sonny Ladoo’s No Pain Like This […]

via Book Discussion: Trauma in Indo-Caribbean Literature — Repeating Islands

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August 8, 2020 · 9:15 pm

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