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

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