“Every sentence of Cecil Foster’s Independence rings with the music of authenticity. His eye for detail and his ear for the rhythms of dialogue are uncanny. There are pages in Independence that deserve repeated visits, so great is the pleasure of encountering characters and scenes described so vividly. Foster’s novel isn’t just about somewhere else. It’s like being there.”

DAVID MACFARLANE, Author of The Danger Tree and Summer Gone

"Foster’s story of a West Indies community in transition is a marvelous read, filled with humour, sorrow, and wit, and told with the deft and gentle touch of a master storyteller.”

THOMAS KING, Author of The Back of the Turtle

“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

“Cecil Foster is a wise man with a flair for storytelling and writing that enters the heart. Slammin’ Tar, Foster’s sixth book, is a moving chronicle about the lives of working men. That it preserves the dignity of labour while exposing the sorrow of men is a testament to Foster’s deep respect for his characters…. In Slammin’ Tar, Foster has broken the familiar and made something universal.”

QUILL AND QUIRE, starred review, 1998