by Anderson Reynolds
Set in the picturesque Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Death by Fire is an epic novel in which natural calamities, historical events, supernatural forces, and betrayed love all combine in deciding the fate of its characters. It is a profound statement on the nature of fate and the forces that shape society. A story that is as compelling and spellbinding as the island (in which it is set) is beautiful.
Death by Fire brings to mind the novels of William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Jamaica Kincaid.
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"The telling of the story is exceptional . . . extremely difficult to put it down . . . a seething cauldron of love, lust, hate and disaster . . . a cunningly-woven tale of people; their tribulations, passions, loves, frustrations, and the intricate way in which they touched and influenced each other . . . a journey back into St. Lucian life . . . (which) paints the dark side of the struggle for survival in a young country." The Voice
"This is a novel on a grand scale . . . a broad canvas of St. Lucian life . . . in which the social, economic, political, and personal tensions are profound statements on the nature of our island society, and one which is required reading for anyone seeking a greater understanding of what is happening today, and who might wish to shape a better society for future generations. If one is looking for a key to the feeling and conscience of the age in which we live, this novel is a guide." The Crusader
Death by Fire is an impressive piece of narration . . . a veritable tapestry of St. Lucian life and culture . . . educates the reader on the social, economic and political modes of existence of the inhabitants in the post–slavery/emancipation periods through to the early 19th and into the 20th century. . . Reading it left me with a seething appetite for more. Easily one of the most compelling pieces of literature I have laid hands on in recent years." Modeste Downes—author of Phases