What they have left are the shoes, the suits and the photos. Now Dominic pushes to keep promises made to his father. His sister, Diallo, grapples to reconcile memories and recall her mother’s ways. Standing with them is a colourful band of friends and neighbours. Life comes at the twins with the shocks we feel are just not supposed to happen – banditry, betrayal, loss. It is up to them to reclaim their stories.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS / 107
I would like to thank and remember Rosalind Wilkinson and Savitre Gangaram for their strength and for the legacy they left of a large, caring family.
Thanks to my parents, Dr Lester Efebo Wilkinson and Lucille Wilkinson, for your steady and enduring love and the countless sacrifices. You are wonderful examples to me in life and you have been awesome first readers.
Karma, Tony and Kwon, you are my safe space and my comfort. I admire you and have learned from all three of you.
Thank you to Lincoln and family for adventures shared and for helping me to grow.
I wish to thank my extended family of Aunts and Uncles, who helped to raise me, cousins who were constant companions as we grew and my god-children, nieces and nephews.
I want to thank my friends. Indeed, friends help to shoulder the load and you have been steadfast. I also have the very best neighbours and business partners.
I am grateful to my publishers, the UWI Press, for a seamless and supportive publishing process. Thank you for embracing this work and enabling me to be a part of the UWI Press legacy. Special thanks to Ms Nadine Buckland and Ms Althea Brown of the UWI Press, who guided me through the process.
Thank you to Mohammed Raffi and artist Dina Poon Chong for your valuable contributions.
Similarly, I thank the following patrons of literature – the Bocas Lit Fest, the Massy Foundation, the University of Münster in Germany, Bookends, NALIS and the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts – for helping to share my writing.
Very importantly, I must thank my writing mentors including my father, Dr Efebo Wilkinson, as well as Professor Funso Aiyejina, Rachel Manley and Dr Merle Hodge.
I am also grateful for the guidance and support of Professor Paula Morgan, Professor Gordon Rohlehr, Dr Geraldine Skeete, Dr Karen Sanderson Cole, Dr Scott Timcke, Dr David Mastey, Professor Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Professor Ian Robertson, Dr Rose-Ann Walker, Dr Genevieve Phagoo, Dr Gabrielle Hezekiah and Dr Suzanne Burke.
Special shout-out to my high school teachers including Ms Kathleen Stroud, Ms Nicolette Laird Paddington and Ms Lorraine Neves who challenged me to be better.
Further, to my students, you are one of my greatest joys – even as I teach you, I learn from you.
And indeed, I am grateful to you, my readers, for spending this time and giving yourself over to the experience of this story.
Finally, all praise and thanks to the Most High . . . yuh done know . . . who is always with us and is always for us.