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Tide Running

by Oonya Kempadoo

Don't be put off by the Creole English. This is writing of extraordinary beauty, and the story is pretty damn good too. Oonya Kempadoo is an author that everyone should discover. So go for it, and wallow in the warmth of her understanding.

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Now in the middle'a this dry season, the sky set-up. Sea set-up here too, out on Plymuth Point rocks. Rain coming. From all the heat that pass a'ready and scorch the land, rain now looking to come. In the middle'a dry season. Nuthing have time nor place now, not even God control he business no more. And the sea like it.

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