CWS: The Year In San Fernando
Author: Michael Anthony
Published: March 1996
Format: Paperback 156 pages
Level: Age 11 and older
Twelve-year-old Francis is the son of a very poor widowed mother, living in a Trinidadian village. He is given the chance to go to San Fernando for a year, to work as a servant companion to old Mrs Chandles and her frightening son.
"Ma asked me wasn't I glad to go. I did not know what to say. Leaving home had never entered my mind. I had thought of almost everything, but not this." Francis has spent his first twelve years in his 1940s Trinidad village. Leaving behind family and childhood, he is sent to the city as servant-companion to old Mrs Chandles. In San Fernando he must meet the demands of the ailing old lady and her imposing son. As the sugar cane ripens and the seasons change, Francis's loneliness gives way to awakening sexual interest and growing self-confidence.
Michael Anthony's semi-autobiographical novel delicately portrays a young man's rite of passage into the adult world. With an introduction by Paul Edwards and Kenneth Ramchand.