A coming-of-age novel set in a Montreal in which immigrant youth totter on the edge of self-destruction and oblivion, in the face of brutal and racist police, an insensitive education system, and few prospects for the future. Thomas's language is spare, and his crackling dialogue and use of patois can compare with the best in Caribbean literature.
H Nigel Thomas was born in St Vincent. He attended university in Montreal and for ten years was a teacher with the Protestant School Boardof Greater Montreal. He is now a professor of literature at Laval University. His published works include the novel Spirits in the Dark, which was short-listed for the 1994 Quebec Writers' Federation Hugh MacLennan Fiction Award; How Loud Can the Village Cock Crow, short fiction; and Moving through Darkness, poetry.
"...the starkest, most distressingly honest, thus unforgettable, account of the Caribbean-Canadian experience yet written." --Montreal Gazette
"?a hard story, sometimes despairingly bleak, but it is also undeniably beautiful?worth reading--and rereading?" -- Quill & Quire