Author: Shakirah Bourne
Every now and again you come across a new writer and wish to download as much of their work as you can – and offer them as great suggested reads to friends and family. The author here is the Barbadian/Caribbean writer Shakirah Bourne. Her marvellous collection of short stories is so vivid with its imagination and feeling that you’ll be in the stories with the characters, as soon as you begin reading.
The book blurb says:
A collection of award-winning Barbadian stories that showcase the controversial and often hidden aspects of the supposed Caribbean paradise. The themes of love and relationships, domestic and emotional abuse, politics in the rum shop, sex tourism and human trafficking and more, are narrated in a satirical and humorous style, often through the voices of innocent and naïve characters.
‘Getting Marry’ sets the scene for the whole book. As you meet the reality of living day by day to Barbados, you are also transplanted to the beaches, the sand and the friendly people who welcome you to their island.
My only complaint was the necessity to stop reading after 15 stories; I would have enjoyed so many more, but with the teaser for ‘Getting Back at Jack Taylor,‘ Shakirah Bourne leaves me wanting to read more.
I wouldn’t usually re-read a book for some months or even years, but I believe I’ll start this collection again, quite soon.
This is one of those rare occasions I would have been pleased to offer six stars for an Amazon review.
I doubt I’ll be allowing this copy far from my bookshelf so you’ll have to buy your own. The book is available at these websites below or direct from the author
Amazon UK Amazon USA
When you’ve finished reading your copy, I’ll be pleased to read your views about ‘In Time of Need.‘