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A glorious and moving multigenerational, multicultural saga that begins in the 1940s and sweeps through the 1960s in Trinidad and the United States

’Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed sixteen-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. She meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman who is so taken with Marcia that he elicits the help of a tea-brewing obeah woman to guarantee her ardor, and the risks and rewards in Marcia’s life amplify forever.

On an island rich with laughter, beaches, and salty air, sweet fruits and spicy stews, we follow Marcia and Farouk from their amusing and passionate courtship through personal and historical events that threaten Marcia’s secret, entangle the couple and their children in a scandal, and endanger the future for all of them.

Til the Well Runs Dry tells the twinned stories of a spirited woman’s love for one man and her bottomless devotion to her children. For readers who cherish the previously untold stories of women’s lives, here is a story of grit and imperfection and love that has not been told before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You’ll hear the calypso music in this vivid debut about a spirited seamstress and devoted mother with a family secret.”


  • “As universally touching as it is original.”

    New York Times

  • “Francis-Sharma’s spellbinding, intimately detailed, psychologically lush, and suspenseful tale of racial and sexual trauma, hard work, love, and family devotion makes personal the injustice people endured in the years leading up to the civil-rights movement in both multicultural Trinidad and segregated America.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Sharma delivers a rich and satisfying debut on the ties of family, love, and culture—and how those ties are sometimes better when broken.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is an example of the best that an audiobook can offer. The two narrators, Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin, are superb choices who move the listener smoothly between the two main characters…Turpin evokes the rhythms of English as spoken in Trinidad, lyrical, and rhythmic. Through her confident narrative style, Marica Garcia comes across as a strong, beleaguered young woman. Her trials evoke empathy in the listener. Butler establishes the contorted choices that face Farook as an Indian man who is prevented by racism from marrying his true love…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of O Magazine’s Ten Titles to Pick Up Now
  • A 2015 BCALA Literary Award Honor Book for Fiction
  • A 2016 Winner for the ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration
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About the Author

Lauren Francis-Sharma, a child of Trinidadian immigrants, was born in New York City and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and two children. ’Til the Well Runs Dry is her first novel.