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The Resource Secrets We Kept

Secrets We Kept

Label
Secrets We Kept
Title
Secrets We Kept
Statement of responsibility
Krystal A. Sital
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An eloquent new Caribbean literary voice reveals the hidden trauma and fierce resilience of one Trinidadian family. There, in a lush landscape of fire-petaled immortelle trees and vast plantations of coffee and cocoa, where the three hills along the southern coast act as guardians against hurricanes, Krystal A. Sital grew up idolizing her grandfather, a wealthy Hindu landowner. Years later, to escape crime and economic stagnation on the island, the family resettled in New Jersey, where Krystal's mother works as a nanny, and the warmth of Trinidad seems a pretty yet distant memory. But when her grandfather lapses into a coma after a fall at home, the women he has terrorized for decades begin to speak, and a brutal past comes to light. In the lyrical patois of her mother and grandmother, Krystal learns the long-held secrets of their family's past, and what it took for her foremothers to survive and find strength in themselves. The relief of sharing their stories draws the three women closer, the music of their voices and care for one another easing the pain of memory. Violence, a rigid ethnic and racial caste system, and a tolerance of domestic abuse—the harsh legacies of plantation slavery—permeate the history of Trinidad. On the island's plantations, in its growing cities, and in the family's new home in America, Secrets We Kept tells a story of ambition and cruelty, endurance and love, and most of all, the bonds among women and between generations that help them find peace with the past
Summary
Describes the author's Trinidad upbringing in the shadow of her revered grandfather, a wealthy Hindu landowner who tyrannized over three generations of women in the author's family and whose life reflected their tranquil island home's history of violence, suppression and racial tension
Tone
Writing style
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10619891
Cataloging source
BT
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Sital, Krystal A
Dewey number
920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • History
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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three women of Trinidad
Label
Secrets We Kept
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:96271a4b-7b7a-4532-b3b2-65b953fef9f1
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780393609271
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Secrets We Kept
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:96271a4b-7b7a-4532-b3b2-65b953fef9f1
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780393609271
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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