Ma William and Her Circle of Friends

by Giftus John



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/3/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781462007523
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781462007530

About the Book

Giftus John’s Ma William and her Circle of Friends recreates the idyllic life in the village of Senjo with a shopkeeper, Ma William, at its center. Her shop is a mecca of sorts; one where the villagers assemble to discuss the issues that impact their lives. John constructs an edenic landscape where communal activities such as playing mas’, helping the local fishermen, attending mass, or going to a religious wake occupy center stage in the lives of the villagers. However, the impression of a settled and close-knit village is illusory. Politics fragments the community. Migration takes a toll as young and old seek supposedly greener pastures. The village is slowly changing as a result of these external forces. The reader is left to wonder whether or not these changes are indeed for the better. Written with great sensitivity and attention to local speech rhythms, Giftus John’s most recent work recreates a life which is slowly witnessing its demise. This book confirms John’s reputation as one of Dominica’s finest writers. Justice Irving W. André Ontario, Canada Giftus John has done it again! His Ma William and Her Circle of Friends continues his great tradition of entertaining and enlightening Caribbean prose. This is a must-read for people of the Caribbean and for those who love the Caribbean or want an education in Caribbean culture. Vaughn E. James Glenn West Research Professor of Law and Director, Tax Clinic Texas Tech University School of Law Lubbock, Texas

About the Author

Giftus John was born in St. Joseph, on the Caribbean island of Dominica. He is well aware of the life that he experienced as a young man growing up in the village of St. Joseph and in this book tries to recreate the life that he knew back then. Giftus is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and is also a former teacher at that school. Giftus is the author of four other published works: three poetry collections and one short story collection. Mesyé Kwik! Kwak! his most recent work, was published in 2005. Giftus presently resides in Union, New Jersey. He and his wife, Theresa, are the parents of a daughter, Mandisa and a son, Jamal