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The Stall Keeper

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$24.99
ISBN:
9780970443267
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Weight:
18.0 Ounces


Other Details

Author:
Anderson Reynolds
Illustrator:
John Phulchere
Format:
Paperback
Page Count:
280

Product Description

The inhabitants of Vieux Fort, a Caribbean town occupied by the Americans during World War II, were said to be waiting for the Americans' return to bring back the good times. Five year old Henry whose father died when he was eighteen months old was still walking up to men asking, "Mister are you my father?" His mother, Eunice, a strict Seventh Day Adventist with the gift of foretelling the future, would not be unequally yoked.  Eugene, a stall keeper and the town's most colorful and free-spirited character, was a woman living in a man's body, and a man living in a woman's world.  Ruben, a favorite son, an intellectual, a famous cricketer and a staunch Roman Catholic, falls madly in love with Eunice. What happens in Vieux Fort when Henry teamed up with Eugene and Ruben warmed his way into the heart of Eunice is a tale of magic mixed with tragedy. The Stall Keeper presents a world in which a great drama unfolds where history, geography, nature, culture, the supernatural, and socioeconomic and political factors all combine to seal the fate of its characters. In this crucible of a world, readers are provided with deep insights into the forces that have shaped Vieux Fort; it speaks to the  very character of the town, and throws light on long unanswered questions about why Vieux Fort is the way it is. The Stall Keeper is a contemplation of fate and the nature of success, and begs the question: how much is within our control?

About the Author

orn and raised in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, Anderson Reynolds graduated in August 1989 with a PhD in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. Besides  his professional life as an economist, Dr. Reynolds has emerged as one of  St. Lucia’s most prominent and prolific writers. His first book, the novel, Death by Fire, won the 2001 M&C main award for literature. His second, The Struggle for Survival: an historical, political and socioeconomic perspective of St. Lucia, won a 2003 M&C prize for prose. And an earlier version of The Stall Keeper won the 2012 National Arts Award. Besides writing books, Dr. Reynolds is a regular contributor of feature articles to St. Lucia’s major newspapers and he served as the chief editor and a principal writer for The Jako magazine.  His newspaper articles won him a 2001 M&C literature award for creative journalism, and his writings for The Jako won the 2006 National Arts Award for creative journalism. Along with his books, Dr. Reynolds journalistic pieces on Vieux Fort have established him as one of the island’s foremost authority on Vieux Fort’s socioeconomic history.

Praise for The Stall Keeper

"[Reynolds] is fast developing a reputation for being St. Lucia’s most important storyteller." - Modeste Downes, author of Phases, and Theatre of the Mind

"... a complex and ambitious novel..." - Jacques Compton, author of a Troubled Dream

"... a compelling story of provincial bigotry, coming of age, religious experience and rivalry, faith, fanaticism, the supernatural, frustrated love, and the repression of intelligence and ambition, played against the beautiful wide open spaces and relics of post American World War II occupied Vieux Fort." - Allan Weekes, author of Talk of the Devil

"Stall keeper is a wonderful journey down memory lane for anyone who has breathed the salty sea breeze of Vieux Fort in the middle and late 20th century… It's a wry book; a story that sticks in the mind." - Jolien Harmsen, author of A History of St. Lucia


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