This is a heartwarming story revolving around the narrator’s relationship with a younger friend, and her struggle to adjust to living in the US after leaving Jamaica. It has an imaginative plot with many twists and turns, that will leave the reader guessing as to what is next. In the midst of personal dramas, the author also imparts her unique insight into racial tensions in America, through the eyes of one of her central characters, a recent immigrant from a country where blacks make up the majority. The sprinkling of Jamaican idioms (e.g., “man noh dead, noh call ‘im duppy”) throughout the story adds spice to the writing. This is a great first novel from Yendhi Grace, and I hope to see more from this promising new writer.
Mrs. Lydia McIntyre, a wealthy, proud, quirky, retired doctor who lived a remarkable life while portraying an unassuming disposition in an effort to elude the hands of the criminals who were now invading her hometown-the once acclaimed friendly city of Montego Bay.
Her fears were realized after being robbed by gunpoint just outside her home. She developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shortly thereafter and was subsequently placed in a nursing home against her will. Overwhelmed with humiliation she resigned to die in the institution. The execution of her suicide plan was delayed by a felt obligation to say goodbye to an old friend, Nalah.
Her plan to take her life was interrupted by a telephone call that Nalah was on life support battling for her life after being hit by a drunk driver. Motivated by a need to visit Nalah, she found the will to break out of the nursing home. What happened to Mrs. McIntyre while in the U.S. will change her life forever.
About the Author
Yendhi Grace, is a Jamaican who now lives in the US where she works as an assistant professor.
She hopes you enjoy her first novel and look forward to your feedback.