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The Girl with the Hazel Eyes

'The Girl with the Hazel Eyes' is a novel that at it's core is a parallel commentary about the coming of age of a young woman, Susan Taylor, and also Barbados gaining it's footing as a young independent country.

The story goes back and forth between the 1950s and 60s, when Susan was growing up and 2015 where she is telling her story to a young woman, Lia, who she has hired as a biographer.

What I liked most about the story was the picture the reader got of what life was like for the citizens in Barbados during that period before Independence from Britain, and in the early years following.

The socioeconomic stratification, the way people depended on the land to provide for them. The sense of community and family structure.

There was also the social commentary that the book investigated; attitudes towards women, colourism, patriarchy, political corruption. Those aspects I really enjoyed.

I have to admit that the scenes where we flashed forward I was not invested in, and I wanted a little bit more from the ending, but this was still a worthwhile read, especially for those with a love of Caribbean literature.

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