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Richie’s Picks: GONE TO DRIFT

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*Richie’s Picks: GONE TO DRIFT by Diana McCaulay, HarperCollins, April 2018
[Originally published in 2016 by Papillote Press], 272p., 0-06-267296-7“I
remember when we used to sitIn the government yard in TrenchtownOba,
observing the hypocritesAs they would mingle with the good people we
meetGood friends we have hadOh, good friends we’ve lost along the wayIn
this bright future you can’t forget your pastSo dry your tears I say”-- Bob
Marley, “No Woman No Cry” 1974“The most daunting thing about the trip to
the Pedro Cays was the possibility of missing them entirely in the dark,
the five hours becoming six and then seven and then eight. Then, as the
dawn turned the black sea gray and then navy blue, there would be no sign
of the turquoise water of the Pedro Bank rising from the seafloor, no sign
of three small cays in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. There would be the
awful knowledge that the next stop was the coast of South America, that gas
would soon run out and the boat would be at the mercy of the sea, spinning
and wallowing like a coconut, taken south and west.A man who missed the
Cays would eat the raw and rotting fish in his bait bucket until it was
done, he would vomit until all he had left was dry heaves and cramps, he
would take tiny sips of the warm water in his plastic bottle, and he would
pray for rain, for clouds, for anything to dim the sun, and he would stare
at the water level in the bottle going down and down. It happened once or
twice a year--Jamaican fishers would be found by foreign boats, starving
and dehydrated, sometimes driven mad by exposure and hopelessness, by the
sight of the endless sea and by the possibility of food fish under the hull
of the boat, but too deep, too speedy to be caught.”Lloyd Saunders’
paternal grandfather Maas Conrad is the closest person in the world to him,
the twelve year-old’s sanctuary from his hard and hard-drinking, part-time
father. Lloyd was barely toddling when he first went to sea with his
grandfather, an ecologically-enlightened line fisher from a long line of
Jamaican fishermen.Maas Conrad left for the Cays, sixty miles southwest of
Kingston, on Sunday night. On Tuesday, he called from Pedro to say he’d be
heading back early Thursday. But he never arrived back in Kingston, and his
cellphone is either dead or gone. What has befallen Lloyd’s
grandfather?GONE TO DRIFT alternates between Lloyd, who is desperately
seeking to find out what  happened to his beloved grandfather, and Maas
Conrad who is trying to survive on a rock in the middle of the sea. There
he reminisces about a distant time when his brother Luke went missing
during a trip to the Pedro Bank, and gradually reveals how he’s come to be
stuck on the rock. He’d long ago sworn to never return to the Cays. Why has
he gone there now?Page after page, action is interwoven with exceptionally
rich description. Readers can taste the salt, feel the itch of dried scales
on their forearms, hear the laughing dolphins, mourn for the now-polluted
and depleted sea, and empathize with the swelling population of
impoverished people. The language is lucious, with Lloyd’s parts of the
story being told in the rich Jamaican dialect. Part gripping mystery, part
survival tale, and part stellar coming-of-age story, GONE TO DRIFT immerses
readers in the culture, history, and troubles of present-day Jamaica.Richie
Partington, MLISRichie's Picks
<http://richiespicks.com/>http://richiespicks.pbworks.com
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