The Three Ws of Reading

This is a Three Ws Wednesday, Black History Month and Caribbean Edition. Three W’s Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. I thought it’d be interesting for Wadadli Pen to get some of that action – if you’re reading this, maybe you’ll find something to add to your reading list.

The Three Ws are –

What are you currently reading?

Victoire: My Mother’s Mother by Maryse Conde (translated by Richard Philcox)

From the winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature (the alternative to the Nobel Prize) and critically acclaimed author of the classic historical novel Segu, Maryse Condé has pieced together the life of her maternal grandmother to create a moving and profound novel.

Maryse Condé’s personal journey of discovery and revelation becomes ours as we learn of Victoire, her white-skinned mestiza grandmother who worked as a cook for the Walbergs, a family of white Creoles, in the French Antilles.

Victoire was spurred by Condé’s desire to learn of her family history, resolving to begin her quest by researching the life of her grandmother.

Creating a work that takes you into a time and place populated with unforgettable characters that inspire and amaze, Condé’s blending of memoir and imagination, detective work and storytelling artistry, is a literary gem that you won’t soon forget.

ETA: Finished! Read review here.


What did you recently finish reading?

Yemoja’s Anansi: A Short Story by Christal Clashing

It is its own new myth with its casting of Anansi as a young girl from an African village raided during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and water goddess Yemoja as characters, the latter gifting the former transmogrification as a means of surviving her capture. – This is from my Blogger on Books on the this first book, a photo illustrated work of fiction by the Antiguan and Barbudan Olympic swimmer and Atlantic rower. Read also my CREATIVE SPACE on Reimagining Anansi, featuring Yemoja’s Anansi.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m already reading it. Forthcoming book by Barbados based Jamaican writer Sharma Taylor What a Mother’s Love Won’t Teach You. It goes on sale in July 2022.

As with all content on, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, The Jungle Outside, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. Subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.


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4 responses to “The Three Ws of Reading

  1. Victoire, My Mother’s Mother is a wonderful book, I was just talking about it today on Goodreads in the Read Women group, where they’re reading her essays Tales From the Heart, and Victoire is the perfect follow on read, as Condé researches her grandmother to try and better understand her mother, and in essence herself. Incredible how Condé’s mother moved them up and out of that pattern, to the point where they were so disconnected to their past, Maryse spends her writing life exploring it through her fiction. One of my all time favourite authors.

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