At the news of her son B. J.’s involvement in
gang crime, Idora Morrison, a maid at the local university, collapses in
her basement apartment. For four days and nights she retreats into a
vortex of memory, pain, and disappointment that becomes a riveting
exposé of her life as a Caribbean immigrant living abroad. While she
struggled to make ends meet, her deadbeat husband, Bertram, abandoned
her for a better life in New York. Left alone to raise her son, Idora
has done her best to survive against immense odds. But now that B. J. has
disappeared into a life of crime, she recoils from his loss and is
unable to get out of bed, burdened by feelings of invisibility.
As she summons the strength to investigate her son’s troubles—and her
own weaknesses—the book quietly builds to its crescendo. Eventually
Idora finds her way back into the light with a courage that is both
remarkable and unforgettable.
More zeroes in, with
laser-like intensity, on the interior life of an extraordinary “ordinary
woman,” showcasing Austin Clarke’s skill as a writer of inimitable force. Download and start listening now!