In a country uncommonly like Guyana of the 1980s, a state beset by economic collapse, political dictatorship and social corruption, Narmala Shewcharan's skilfully constructed novel brings together the lives of five interlinked sets of characters. Without imposing easy judgements, Narmala Shewcharan takes us inside the choices her characters make, and their price. Whilst her vision of their nightmarish world is bleak in portraying the human costs of social fragmentation, the novel also asserts the moral basis of community in the very web of effect each individual choice has on the lives of others.
Narmala Shewcharan was born in Guyana where she worked as a journalist. She now works as a university lecturer and anthropologist in London.