The past sits uneasily on the characters of these stories, whether on their native Isabella Island or in Montreal, where some of them now live. Life is ultimately lived according to the choices that were made, and retribution does not always go where it belongs. The wealthy and proper Higginsons have lived a lie that eventually must come out. Jen and Edwin are passionately in love, but can they shake off the shadow that hangs over their lives? In his quiet and subtle way, Thomas continues to bring alive a Caribbean island, giving depth and complexity to its characters.
H Nigel Thomas was born in Dickson, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and has been living in Montreal, Canada since 1968. He is a graduate of Concordia, McGill, and Université de Montreal. He was a teacher of English and French with the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal from 1976- 1988, and a professor of US literature at Université Laval from 1988-2006. He is the author of three novels: Spirits in the Dark (shortlisted for the 1994 Hugh MacLennan Fiction Award), Behind the Face of Winter and Return to Arcadia; two collections of short stories: How Loud Can the Village Cock Crow, Lives Whole and Otherwise, and a collection of poems: Moving through Darkness.
". . . Thomas (who was born and raised in St. Vincent) has produced a complex and specific portrait of a Caribbean nation and particularly of race within the continued effects of colonialism." -- The Globe and Mail