FINDING MY ROOTS AND OTHER STORIES
A DNA test that the author takes provides the impetus for these ten short stories set mainly in the Linden area of Guyana, South America. The first story, “Finding My Roots”, not only focuses on the author’s European roots but also on the fact that her African roots, the majority of her DNA, will never be unearthed or explored. The backdrop of most of the stories is the scenic Demerara River on the east bank of which the author lived for twelve years. (THIS BOOK IS HEAVILY ILLUSTRATED!)
STEPPING ON CRACKS. REFLECTIONS ON MY HOMELAND (With photo gallery)
After almost five decades away, Doreen, a retired senior citizen, returns to her birth country to discover whether she could spend the last days of her life in a place that had nurtured her and contributed to the woman she had become. Indeed, she had departed just two years after British Guiana had received its independence from Great Britain, lowered the Union Jack, raised the Golden Arrowhead, renamed itself Guyana, and set out to chart its path as a cooperative republic.
At first everything seems new and exciting, but soon she finds herself sliding down a path of disillusionment. The old culture resurfaces, trying to drown her in a morass, and soon her “first” world consciousness clashes with a “third” world reality. Yet she finds pleasure in exploring and recording the history of the Linden area as well as the culture embedded deep in her psyche. Eventually, she finds herself stepping on the proverbial crack that would “break her mother’s back.” After six months, she realizes that, like Thomas Wolfe, she “can’t go home again.”