‘Til the Well Runs Dry – Lau­ren Fran­cis-Sharma

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - - Chris­tiane Beaubrun

‘Til the Well Runs Dry takes us to the 1940s to the 1960s, from Trinidad to Amer­ica and weaves a fa­mil­iar Caribbean story of a young girl who falls in love and is left to raise her four chil­dren on her own.

It be­gins in the 1940s in Trinidad, with 16-year-old Mar­cia Garcia who was left to raise two boys ev­ery­one as­sumes to be her sons by her fa­ther. She meets a young po­lice of­fi­cer, who falls for her and en­lists the help of an obeah woman to win Mar­cia’s heart. The ef­fects of his ac­tions al­ter his and Mar­cia’s and their chil­dren’s lives deeply and ir­re­vo­ca­bly.

Told through the eyes of Mar­cia, her young man, Farouk Karam, and her sec­ond daugh­ter Jac­que­line, we see Mar­cia grow into a hard­ened woman, try­ing her best to keep her pride and her fam­ily to­gether, and how her po­lice­man shriv­els into the stereo­typ­i­cal Caribbean man, who drinks, runs women, and loses his job; and we read how some­how they tri­umph, how the bonds of fam­ily, as del­i­cate as they can be at times, are enough to hold its mem­bers to­gether through the tough­est of sit­u­a­tions. What makes ‘Til the

Well Runs Dry stand out is the rich­ness of the writ­ing. Lau­ren Fran­cis-Sharma’s use of Trinida­dian slang is a per­fect com­bi­na­tion that al­lows the reader to feel im­mersed in the is­land’s cul­ture, but still able to un­der­stand the di­a­logue. Her mat­ter-of-fact telling of each char­ac­ter’s de­spairs and achieve­ments is enough to pro­voke a re­ac­tion from the reader in a way that ef­fu­sively de­tail­ing it wouldn’t. Fran­cis-Sharma de­vel­ops her char­ac­ters in such a way that puts you in their shoes ef­fort­lessly. It is a book you be­come in­vested in right from the be­gin­ning and yearn for more when it ends – but, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

You can pick up your copy of ’Till the Well Runs Dry at The bookYard lo­cated at The STAR Pub­lish­ing Com­pound, Mas­sade, Gros Islet. Tel: 720 5048 email: bookyard@stlu­ci­as­tar.com

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