CWS: It Begins With Tears
Author: Opal Palmer Adisa
Published: April 1997
Format: Paperback 137 pages
Level: Age 11 and older
Kristoff village, in the heart of rural Jamaica, is a peaceful home where everyone knows everyone else and looks out for each other. Until Monica comes home.
When the seductive Monica returns to her village, she wants to make a new start. But Kristoff village, set in the heart of rural Jamaica, is about to become a whirlpool of emotion. Every encounter with Monica stirs up women's dissatisfactions and men's desires. When those emotions develop into hatred and jealousy, Monica is made to pay for what she has done.
In this novel, Opal Palmer Adisa brings to life a whole community and writes with understanding and compassion about the frailties of its inhabitants. Drawing on Jamaican folklore, she shows what is at the heart of village life, and how that life can be sustained.