Set in the mid-1970s in India, A Fine Balance tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a ‘State of Internal Emergency’. Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances – and their fates – become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Written with compassion, humor and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured and powerful novel by one of the most gifted writers of our time.
This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959. Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school.
The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. Winner of the NY Drama Critic’s Award as Best Play of the Year, it has been hailed as a “pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre.” by Newsweek and “a milestone in the American Theatre.” by Ebony.
A pilot calls into the control tower to request an emergency landing. Following a mystery incident, the plane’s cabin is virtually destroyed, ninety-four passengers are injured and three are dead. Investigating this fatal accident for the airline, Casey Singleton must find out the truth before the multi-million dollar business goes bust in the face of a huge media backlash. Further lives are at stake and it seems everyone is against her – even her own colleagues – and everyone has something to hide. Airframe is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled thriller from the master of high-concept storytelling.
ALL OF ME IS ONE, named after the identity affirming poem of the same title, explores serious social issues with an approach enjoyable and engaging for young people. Identity, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, illiteracy, and prejudice are all discussed in this humorous, entertaining and imaginative book of original Bahamian skits and poetry. Each skit and poem is thoughtfully illustrated and accompanied by comprehension questions, research assignments, and acting exercises. This book is an excellent resource for teachers of English Literature and Drama and can be used in any learning environment where children can discuss social issues openly and honestly. These stories for the stage teach invaluable life lessons and the life skills learned from theatre help produce confident, outgoing and rounded individuals.
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.
“In folk stories, magic drums, ghosts, obedient and disobedient children, heros, tricksters and birds that assume human form hold sway in a world where poetic justice always brings about a satisfactory ending. This is the patrimony of childhood and the stuff of ‘An Evening in Guanima.’ ”
A tribute to Cat Island, Bahamas the author’s birthplace, these stories recount the adventures of Bouki and Rabbi, Jack and B’er Debbil and other fascinating characters in wry metaphor and hilarious dialogue.
Here is a collection of Bahamiana that will fascinate the non-Bahamian and will represent a homecoming for the people in the Bahama islands.
Chained to the hold of a slave ship bound for the Caribbean, a terrified young girl’s only comfort is the voice of a woman she can’t see. She is told ‘Anansi stories’, tales of the crafty spider whose cunning and humorous tricks give the girl the resilience and wit she needs to survive.
Sometimes life is like a bad waiter – it serves you exactly what you don’t want. The women of Freesia Court have come together at life’s table, fully convinced that there is nothing that good coffee, delectable desserts and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together – the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons) – an unofficial club that becomes a lifeline. The five women each have a story to tell. There’s Faith, the newcomer, a housewife and mother who harbors a terrible secret; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor’s wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows that the greatest gifts appear after life’s fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, activist and adventurer, a tiny spitfire who looks trouble straight in the eye and challenges it to arm wrestle. Holding on through forty eventful years – through the swinging Sixties, the turbulent Seventies, the anything-goes Eighties, the nothing’s-impossible Nineties, to the present day – they take the plunge into the chaos that inevitably comes to those with the temerity to stay alive and kicking.
With the elegant economy of scenes glimpsed from a moving train, this extraordinary novel portrays one woman’s trajectory through life in episodes as haunting as dreams remembered. A single image – fine leather gloves strewn across the landscape by Nazi soldiers – speaks to us as powerfully as the more sweeping events of Anna’s life. Not since D. M. Thomas’s The White Hotel has there been a novel of such elegiac, heart stirring beauty. It is a portrait with all the richness and exactitude of a Vermeer and the resonance of Anna’s own music.
Have you ever wanted to climb a tree to see the hilarious action played out in the public square?
** Get this incredibly funny book by Bahamian Author & Playwright Dr. Susan J. Wallace**
This book gives you a behind the scenes view that will have you laughing and talking back to the characters as though you were a part of the script…
BACK HOME includes:
An illustrated collection of plays, short stories, and poems featuring many aspects of Bahamian life, from the collection of the legendary storyteller, Dr. Susan J. Wallace.
Its appeal lies in the wide range of subjects used, and also in the author’s easy to read, thought-provoking writing style.
Each story depicts the life and culture of Bahamians during the late 60’s, and it does so in a colourful manner, with the author’s usual sense of humour.
While a staple in classrooms around The Bahamas BACK HOME is a must have book for anyone interested in learning about the Bahamian culture and having a good ole’ belly laugh at the same time. This book will give you all of the tools you need to achieve excellent literature results for your homeschooler, drama team, youth organizations and even adult literacy programs…
The first novel from the author of Writing Down the Bones. Nell Schwartz, a Brooklyn-born Jewish girl who moves to the Taos of communes and sweet cedar smoke, transforms herself into Banana Rose (because she’s “bananas”), falls in love with a horn player named Gaughin, and believes they can stop time if they just love hard enough. Subtly hilarious and achingly raw, this is the story of Nell’s long, strange trip from her beloved New Mexico to the alien Midwest and back again. As she struggles with the demands of canvas and paint, with her family and faith, and with her own wild heart, she discovers the one secret power that sustains her through it all.