The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean by Rita M. Gardner

The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean

byRita M. Gardner

Kobo ebook | September 16, 2014

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Gold Medal Winner, Autobiography/Memoir, 2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. A father makes the fateful decision to leave a successful career in the US behind and move to an isolated beach in the Dominican Republic. He plants ten thousand coconut seedlings, transplants his wife and two young daughters to a small village, and declares they are the luckiest people alive. In reality, the family is in the path of hurricanes and in the grip of a brutal dictator, Rafael Trujillo—and the children are additionally under the thumb of an increasingly volatile and alcoholic father. Set against a backdrop of shimmering palms and kaleidoscope sunsets, The Coconut Latitudes is Rita Gardner’s compelling memoir of a childhood in paradise, a journey into unexpected misery, and a twisted path to redemption and truth.

Title:The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the CaribbeanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 16, 2014Publisher:She Writes PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1631529021

ISBN - 13:9781631529023


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forgiveness after all The Coconut Latitudes, by Rita Gardner (She Writes Press 2014) is a poignant and tragic tale which takes place in the exotic village of Miches in the Dominican Republic. It took me a single afternoon to read, as Gardner enfolded me in her consistently gracious voice which begins telling the tale when she is 4 and expands into greater scope and understanding as she becomes an adult. Gardner has lived a rich story of a life, including unfathomable indignities and abuse at the hands of her narcissistic father and her passive, defeated mother. Her richly told tale conveys a spark of compassion to the reader. If forgiveness can bloom for the Gardner family, then there is hope for us all. Besides her gracious, accessible voice, her descriptions are colorful and engaging. She brings us tingling into her story. “In the Dominican Republic the land curves up into mountains, slides down into ragged bays and undulating meadows. Roads slither like snakes, and even some hovels are decorated with trills of curving iron railings. Florida looks more like a geometry lesson. ” Or “Mrs. Porter opens the front door with a hug that smells like the apple pie she’s baking.” If you find yourself in a sunny clime (or even a clime that is marginally more sunny than last winter was), take along this for a poignant, entertaining afternoon.
Date published: 2015-05-02