Perceptive, evocative, rich in island wisdom, and singing with the lyricism of Caribbean dialect, Earth’s Waters is a deeply moving novel about passion and passivity in Barbados. Young, sea-loving Harriette Leacock—nicknamed Lily, after the floating flower—lives a lonely life with her Mother, a stern, detached woman who in reality is her maternal grandmother. Harriette’s only joy is her frequent trips to the sea, where she can escape the prison of boredom and Mother’s contempt, if only for an afternoon. It was at the sun-soaked beach that the withdrawn, thoughtful Harriette finds precious stones, money, company—and Colvin Edwards.
Quickly and almost unwittingly, Harriette enters into a relationship with the seemingly charismatic Colvin. But his involvement in a crime that rocks the island forces Harriette to make a decision: stay the shy, retiring flower or finally swim freely into her own destiny.
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