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'Til the Well Runs Dry
by Lauren Francis-Sharma
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Picador, 2015 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Set in Trinidad in the 1940s, this novel follows the life of a humble seamstress who lives in a seaside village. Marcia Garcia meets an East Indian policeman and their lives become entwined as they raise a family together and experience a series of vagaries that define a life and relationship that is far from being tranquil.

The story eventually moves to the United States as the couple's children grow older. Marcia harbors a family secret that eventually results in some tumultuous, traumatic events that rock the family and its well being.

Although this gritty story loses some of its luster when the family moves away from Trinidad, it still is an entertaining read and marks the debut of a young woman who exhibits quite a bit of promise. The child of Trinidadian immigrants, Lauren Francis-Sharma is at her best when she is writing about life on the island her parents left behind when they moved to New York and then Baltimore.

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