By Foster Cecil
Independence is the deeply relocating tale of the arriving of age of a rustic and a boy, on the time of Barbados’ independence from Britain in 1966. Fourteen-year-old Christopher Lucas and Stephanie King were neighbours and top acquaintances given that they have been born a number of months aside. they've been raised via their impoverished grandmothers after their moms went “over ’n’ away” to the U.S. and Canada to discover paintings whilst the youngsters have been tots; not anyone has heard from the moms on the grounds that. The grandmothers are turning out to be an increasing number of determined approximately their skill to help their fees. whilst the radical opens, there's a surprising and unexplained rift among Christopher and Stephanie following the go back from Canada of a benefactor named Mr. Lashley, who lavishes presents on Stephanie.
Through a chain of triumphs and catastrophes, Christopher and Stephanie verify their locations on the earth and take regulate in their lives. wealthy with the main points of Bajan culture—from meals guidance to political and monetary affairs, from sexuality to spirituality—Independence is an interesting window onto a little-known global and a touching portrait of a trip to maturity and the ladies who consultant it.
Praise for Independence
“Foster’s tale of a West Indies neighborhood in transition is a wonderful learn, choked with humour, sorrow, and wit, and instructed with the deft and delicate contact of a grasp storyteller.” —Thomas King, writer of The Inconvenient Indian
“This magical quantity invokes the idea that of ‘independence’ on such a lot of degrees. via stunningly eloquent narration and lilting discussion Foster brings to lifestyles this robust second in Bajan historical past. advised from the point of view of a thirteen-year-old boy, the story earrings with the voices of the youngsters whose personal coming-of-age paralleled that in their island domestic. The grandmothers who raised them are drawn in such high-quality aspect that none folks who learn Independence will ever omit them.” —Karolyn Smardz Frost, writer of I’ve obtained a house in Glory Land
“In Independence, young ones, a boy and a lady, are cared for by means of their grandmothers as they watch for years for his or her moms to ship for them. Cecil Foster attire up the language of the state, previously known as ‘broken Barbadian,’ yet now referred to as ‘nation language.’ Following within the footsteps of Chamoiseau, Foster does for Caribbean English what Chamoiseau did for Creole French.” —Austin Clarke, writer of The Polished Hoe
“Every sentence of Cecil Foster’s Independence jewelry with the tune of authenticity. His eye for aspect and his ear for the rhythms of debate are uncanny. There are pages in Independence that deserve repeated visits, so nice is the excitement of encountering characters and scenes defined so vividly. Foster’s novel isn’t on the subject of in other places. It’s like being there.” —David Macfarlane, writer of The Figures of Beauty