Environmental activist and newspaper columnist, Diana McCaulay, recently released her debut novel: Dog-Heart. Dog-Heart is a novel about race and class, about a well-intentioned middle class woman – Sahara Longmore – and Dexter, the inner-city boy she takes under her wing.
It’s a good book; it is actually the winner of the 2008 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Creative Writing competition. One noted critic described the book as the “Good Samaritan theme in a Jamaican context, with new insight, poise and compassion.”
Dog-Heart Description (Via Amazon)
Told in two voices, educated Jamaican English and the nation-language of the people, this dramatic novel tells the story of a well-meaning, middle-class woman and a young boy from the ghetto whom she desperately wants to help. Alternating between the perspectives of the woman and the boy, the story engages with issues of race and class, examines the complexities of relationships between people of very different backgrounds, and explores the difficulties faced by individuals seeking to bring about social change through their own actions. The dramatic climax and tragic choices made grow from the gulf of incomprehension between middle-class and poor Jamaicans and provide penetrating insights into the roots of violence in impoverished communities.