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By Marie-Elena John

Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian Baptiste fled Dominica when she was fourteen after discovering she was the daughter of Iris, the half-crazy woman whose life was told of in chanté mas songs sung during Carnival—songs about a village on a mountaintop littered with secrets, masquerades that supposedly fly and wreak havoc, and a man who suddenly and mysteriously dropped dead. After twenty years away, Lillian returns to her native Dominica.
Unburnable(ISBN 13: 978-0060837570) is available at

The Orchid House

By Phyllis Shand Allfrey

First published in 1954, The Orchid House, Phyllis Shand Allfrey's only published novel, is a classic of Caribbean literature. In this markedly autobiographical story of the three daughters of a once-powerful but now impoverished white family, Allfrey interweaves her family's history with the history of her home island of Dominica in the twentieth century. The novel is written in a sensuous style and the story remarkably told through the eyes of Lally, the black nurse of the three sisters.
The Orchid House(ISBN 13: 978-0813523323) is available from

Phyllis Shand Allfrey: A Caribbean Life

By Elizabeth Paravizini-Gebert

The biography of one of the Caribbean's most intriguing writers and politicians. Allfrey (1908-1986) is best known as the author of The Orchid House. Born to a prominent family of formerly wealthy sugar planters in Dominica, Allfrey followed an unexpected path: a rising novelist (who is often paired with Jean Rhys in critical discussion) and Fabian socialist in England and the United States, she returned to Dominica to organize the peasantry and estate workers into the island's first political party.
Phyllis Shand Allfrey(ISBN 10: 081352265X) is available from

The Dominica Story: A History of the Island

By Dr Lennox Honychurch

The book gives a historical account of the island of Dominica from the time of Columbus to around the 1980s. It is one of the few historical accounts of the island written by a native Dominican, Dr. Lennox Honychurch.
The Dominica Story(ISBN 13: 978-0333627761 ) can be purchased at

Peasants and Capital: Dominica in the World Economy

By Michel-Rolph Trouillot

"What an unassuming title for a seminal contribution to the study of modern world history, development and peasantry! Trouillot connects household, village, state, and the globe with striking theoretical creativity and elegant case material, focusing not on abstract categories but real world processes." -- World Development
Peasants and Capital For more information on this book, log on to

Edward Oliver Leblanc And The Struggle To Transform Dominica

By Irving Andre

The book describes Mr. LeBlanc’s childhood, his life as an agricultural inspector and his immersion in the national politics of Dominica. Furthermore, it painstakingly analyzes Mr. LeBlanc’s prodigious efforts to ensure that every citizen had an equal opportunity to gain a sound education and meaningful employment.
Edward Oliver Leblanc (ISBN 13: 978-0969985792) is available at

Charles Maynard: A Life In Public Service

By Irving Andre

The book recounts the life and service of one of Dominica's foremost public servants Charles Maynard.
Charles Maynard (ISBN 13: 978-0973734782) is available at

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