BOOK: Rosaliene Bacchus Releases Debut Novel: Under the Tamarind Tree

 Cover Art by Guyanese-Canadian Artist, Joan Bryan-Muss

Rosaliene Bacchus Releases Debut Novel: Under the Tamarind Tree

Los Angeles, California, August 12, 2019—Caribbean novelist, Rosaliene Bacchus, born in Guyana, launches her debut novel, Under the Tamarind Tree, a family saga set in then British Guiana during the tumultuous years leading up to independence from Great Britain in 1966. The novel is the mixed fruit of the author’s struggle with abandonment and her concern for persistent, divisive, racist politics in her native land.         

Richard Cheong, orphaned at thirteen years old, is obsessed with having a son. A son would redeem his tormented soul from the guilt he harbors for the murder of his eight-year-old brother killed under the tamarind tree on the sugar estate road.

After he marries the beautiful and headstrong Gloria, she bears him three girls. But in 1953, as Richard awaits the birth of what he hopes will be his first son, the British colonial government orchestrates a troop invasion, suspends the Guianese Constitution, and disbands the elected leftist government.

As a chain of events unfurls that splinters Richard’s life and alters the course of his country, political unrest rages across the colony. Now Richard faces another threat as Gloria falls under the influence of his conniving eldest sister who has despised him since childhood. He ignores, to his peril, Mildred’s schemes to undermine his marriage as punishment for their father’s deceit. Will Gloria betray him?

The Author:

ROSALIENE BACCHUS was born in Georgetown, Guyana. In her lifetime, she has filled the roles of Catholic nun, high school teacher, executive assistant, import-export manager, wife, and divorced mother of two sons. After living in Brazil, Rosaliene moved to the United States. Her short stories have been featured in the Guyana Journal Magazine. Rosaliene lives with her sons in Los Angeles, California, where she enjoys spending time in her garden.

Under the Tamarind Tree, published by Lulu Press, Inc., USA, is available for purchase at

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  • Leslie Chin  On August 12, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Rose, congratulations on the release of your new book.

  • Trevor  On August 12, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    They’re coming back to Guyana…the British…We are going to end up like the local South Africans who are 95% of the population, but own less than 0.5% of the land…Who owns almost 99.5% of the land? “Expats” and European settler farmers.

    This book would be like explaining Stage One of colonialism.

  • needybad4u  On August 12, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    BIG CONGRATS, ROSALIENE! … Now we have to worry about a little more oil in de lamp …
    Leonard Dabydeen

  • guyaneseonline  On October 12, 2019 at 7:54 am

    by Rosaliene Bacchus

    From the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog:

    French Canadian blogger Sha’Tara, blogging at Burning Woman, has posted the following review of my novel Under the Tamarind Tree on my blog:

    I finished reading “Under the Tamarind Tree” last night, or should I say early this morning. I was halfway through when I began reading last night and past midnight there were still a hundred pages to go so I shut down and got ready for bed but I couldn’t let go of the story, got up, booted up and read until I got to the end. Must have been about 2:00 AM.
    What a story! So well told. One doesn’t need to be back-grounded in Guyana history to read your novel, the history tells itself throughout. The characters are believable and constant. What a movie your story would make.
    Your novel is a “can’t put it down” writing. I’ve read thousands of novels over the years as time constraints forced me to learn speed reading and I can tell you that “Under the Tamarind Tree” ranks up there with the best of them if not actually at the very top. I’m amazed, honestly. I know I shouldn’t be but this took me like a whirlwind. Only one thing disappointed me: it ended way too soon.
    Thank you for opening a window of life on another part of the planet I know so little about.
    Posted on October 9, 2019

    I have also received the following e-mail from Amanda Khan, a Guyanese American, who received a copy of my novel as a gift.

    Wonderful Book!

    Amanda Khan
    Thu 10/10/2019 3:13 PM

    Hi Rosaliene Bacchus! I enjoyed your book “Under the Tamarind Tree” very much. I loved the simplicity of the story. It brought back so much memories to me. I couldn’t put the book down. I love Richard lol A man that loved his wife unconditionally, he was determined to accomplish his dreams no matter what. He acknowledged when he was wrong yet he kept pressing on towards his goals. The humor in this book is outrageous! I love it. Well done Rosaliene Bacchus!


    I appreciate all the wonderful and positive responses about my debut novel. My protagonist Richard Cheong would be very pleased 🙂

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  • guyaneseonline  On October 29, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Dear Reader, my debut novel, Under the Tamarind Tree, is now available at Rosaliene’s Store on and other book retailers at Amazon, BAM! Book-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, and Indie Bound.

    Learn more about Under the Tamarind Tree at Rosaliene’s writer’s website.

  • dhanpaul narine  On October 29, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Congratulations Rose. It will do well. Keep on writing.

  • guyaneseonline  On November 15, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Under the Tamarind Tree: Book Review by Robert A. Vella
    by Rosaliene Bacchus

    A gripping page-turner that will tug hard on your heartstrings
    Robert A. Vella, science fiction author of The Martian Patriarch (2012), has posted a review of my novel, Under the Tamarind Tree, on his blog, The Secular Jurist.
    Under the Tamarind Tree by Rosaliene Bacchus is a fictional story centered on a young man in British Guyana from 1950 to the nation’s independence in the late 1960s. The two-decade long tale of his life is highlighted with haunting memories of his childhood, captivating family intrigue exquisitely unwound by the author, and touching marital troubles all told within the context of a culturally diverse country torn by political and ethnic strife. It’s a gripping page-turner that will tug hard on your heartstrings.

    The story moves along briskly from scene to scene and is delightfully filled with tactile samplings of Guyanese culture particularly its lifestyles, cuisine, and colloquial speech. Reading it brought the activities, tastes, sounds, and even the climate and geography of the country vividly to my mind. It was almost like being there. This quality of the novel cannot be understated and it is the most essential component of the story.


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