Book: “Stepping on Cracks: Reflections on my Homeland.” – By Carmen Barclay Subryan

Website: https://demerarapress.com

Congratulations to renowned Guyanese author Carmen Barclay Subryan who recently launched her new website showcasing her new book, “Stepping on Cracks: Reflections on my Homeland.” You can purchase a copy on the website. – https://demerarapress.com

“STEPPING ON CRACKS. REFLECTIONS ON MY HOMELAND

After almost five decades away, Doreen, a retired senior citizen, returns to her birth country to discover whether she could spend the last days of her life in a place that had nurtured her and contributed to the woman she had become. Indeed, she had departed just two years after British Guiana had received its independence from Great Britain, lowered the Union Jack, raised the Golden Arrowhead, renamed itself Guyana, and set out to chart its path as a cooperative republic.     

At first everything seems new and exciting, but soon she finds herself sliding down a path of disillusionment. The old culture resurfaces, trying to drown her in a morass, and soon her “first” world consciousness clashes with a “third” world reality. Yet she finds pleasure in exploring and recording the history of the Linden area as well as the culture embedded deep in her psyche. Eventually, she finds herself stepping on the proverbial crack that would “break her mother’s back.” After six months, she realizes that, like Thomas Wolfe, she “can’t go home again.””

After almost five decades away, Doreen, a retired senior citizen, returns to her birth country to discover whether she could spend the last days of her life in a place that had nurtured her and contributed to the woman she had become.  Indeed, she had departed just two years after British Guiana had received its independence from Great Britain, lowered the Union Jack, raised the Golden Arrowhead, renamed itself Guyana, and set out to chart its path as a cooperative republic.

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About The Author

carmen-headshotAs a child, Carmen Barclay Subryan lived beside the beautiful Demerara River at Retrieve, Mackenzie, where the roots of her mother’s ancestors, the Allicocks, run deep into the history of the region.  She attended Christianburg Scots School, where she later taught, Mackenzie High School, and Guyana Teachers College.  In 1968, she immigrated to the USA to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.  There she received a B.A magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, an M.A., and in 1983, a Ph.D. degree, all in English.  In 1974, she began teaching at Howard University, retiring in 2015 after 41 years there.  She is the mother of two daughters and two grandsons.

Always interested in her roots, Carmen has penned three novels, BlackWater WomenBlackWaterPeople, and BlackWater Children, based loosely on the Allicock family history.  She has also authored three books of poetry, RepriseRachel’s Tears, and SketchesPeopleWatching in the U S of A.  In 2016, she published a book of short stories entitled RealitiesStories from our Times.   In addition, she has written three booklets about the Linden area:  “The Story of Christianburg”, “The Story of Wismar” and “The Story of Mackenzie”. In May 2017, on her return from a six and a half month stay in Guyana, she began writing her current work, Stepping on CracksReflections on my Homeland.

An avid reader, Carmen is focusing on developing a love of reading in children and to this end she distributed copies of her book BlackWater People to high school students in the Linden area.

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