More praise for Under the Tamarind Tree: A Novel from JoAnne Macco, retired therapist and author of Trust the Timing: A Memoir of Finding Love Again.
JoAnne blogs at “Anything is Possible!”
At first I didn’t think I had much in common with Richard Cheong, the main character in Under the Tamarind Tree. His story is set in the country of Guiana during the 1950s and 60s during a time of political and personal danger which I have never experienced. Richard’s father was Chinese and his mother was from India. His dream is to have a big chicken farm. The father of three girls, he is obsessed with longing for a son.
Stepping into a different culture, even through reading a novel, is often uncomfortable at first. Reading this book helped me grow in humility and understanding. As I read, I grew to like Richard and to care very much about him and his family.
I realized that there are important things that transcend culture. Richard and I do have things in common. His little brother was killed at the age…
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