“In Independence, two young children, a boy and a girl, are cared for by their grandmothers as they wait for years for their mothers to send for them. Cecil Foster dresses up the language of the nation, formerly called ‘broken Barbadian,’ but now called ‘nation language.’ Following in the footsteps of Chamoiseau, Foster does for Caribbean English what Chamoiseau did for Creole French.”

AUSTIN CLARKE, author of The Polished Hoe