When Doris Harvey's English grandfather, William Harvey, discovers a clearing on the finish of a course reduce through the toes of these working from slavery, he offers his identify to what's going to turn into his family's domestic for generations. For Doris, Harvey River is where she continually known as domestic, where the place she used to be one of many "fabulous Harvey girls," and the place the wealthy neighborhood bounty of Lucea yams, pimentos, and mangoes went hand in hand with the Victorian niceties of her mom and dad' residence. it's a position she is going to go back to in goals while her fortunes switch, years later, and he or she and her husband, Marcus Goodison, relocate to "hard existence" Kingston and come across the tough realities of city residing in shut quarters.
In Lorna Goodison's luminous memoir of her forebears, we meet a forged of splendidly drawn characters, together with George O'Brian Wilson, the Irish patriarch of the kinfolk who marries a Guinea lady after coming to Jamaica within the mid-1800s; Doris's mom and dad, Margaret and David, youth sweethearts who turn into the 1st kinfolk of Harvey River; and Margaret and David's 8 children.
In lush, bright prose, textured with the cadences of Creole speech, Lorna Goodison weaves jointly reminiscence and mythology to create a vibrant tapestry. She takes us deep into the guts of a whole international to inform a common tale of family members and the binds that bind us to where we name domestic.