The sudden and untimely passing of her mother when she was one year old brought the author into the loving care of her maternal grandparents with whom she lived for the first 14 years of her life in Mahaica, a rural district in the County of Demerara Guyana. There she experiences the joys, pains, successes and failures of growing up as a child and pre-adolescent girl in a multi-ethnic community where life was good until the unexpected death of her grandparents. With delicacy and refinement, the author explores in graphic details, the psychological changes she experiences when her biggest fear of having to live in Georgetown ‘the big city’ with her father and his new wife materializes. The bell that rings in every chapter of this memoir will resonate in the most secret corners of the psyche of every person who has lived or experienced Caribbean life and they too will hear their own bells ring, taking them to emotional places they may have forgotten existed.
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