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The Whale house and other stories

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  7 reviews
“This book made me catch my breath. It made me shake my head and sigh. The characters barb and the language sings.”
Tiphanie Yanique


A pathologist is asked to lie about a boy killed on government orders; a sister tries to make peace with the parents of the white American girl her brother has murdered; a gangster makes his posthumous lament: Trinidad in all its social tumult
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Paperback, first, 172 pages
Published April 2015 by Peepal Tree Press
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Annie Liontas
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I heard Sharon Millar read from her collection at the 2015 Bocas Lit Fest this spring, and even though I had promised myself I wouldn't drop any more Trini dollars on books, I used up my lunch money on THE WHALE HOUSE. I'm so glad I did! The book is gorgeous, painful, deep, and lonely. Millar herself acknowledges that she writes in the lineage of Alice Munroe, that she doesn't want to "wave the Trini flag," that rather--should Trinidad sink into the ocean and all her people disappear--Millar's w ...more
Stacey
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My reading experiences have never taken me to Trinidad and Tobago before! I enjoyed this book, a great debut. Authentic characters, some of whose lives are intertwined in separate stories, giving a multi-faceted view of their circumstances. Loved the descriptions of nature and how the plants can be just as dangerous as the some of the people!
Peepal Tree Press
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so the publisher's view will be biased, but the thing that grabbed me as a reader is Sharon's sheer imagination, how she deals with the unseen, the uncanny. And the flora and fauna, she's fabulous at transporting you right there.
Kelly Bennett
May 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Absolutely fabulous collection of linked stories. The voice, tone, imagery, language of Trinidad--so varied and raw. Raw, a weird word to use, but there is none better. Millar's prose hit fast and hard. I read so quickly, I was actually out of breath!
Bill Brydon
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"As she works in this battered estate house kitchen, she dimly senses something of the dip and sway rhythm of her childhood, the deeply satisfying hum that ran below the surface of the most mundane of chores. The outline of the mark is already there, misty on its way to the surface of her mind. As a child she’d danced the cocoa with her sisters, the three of them shuffling and moving through the beans, sloughing off the last of the fleshy pulp and exposing the beans with their undertones of mauv ...more
Tammi
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Truly a collection nature lovers would enjoy—steeped in trigger warnings of Trini reality. It's also about human nature. Beautiful imagery. Unforgettable fave: The Gayelle. Needed keener eyes to correct minor oversight.
Seandel Edwards
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great collection of interconnected stories, Sharon describes landscape beautifully!
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“The whale house has not changed much. It still stands under the silk cotton tree, its windows shuttered and closed. When she pushes open the door, they don’t see her. They are up under the window where the light is green and dim. Aidan is between Ivy’s spread, honey legs. Ivy sees her first and makes a strangled cry, trying to push Aidan off and cover her breasts. Aidan climbs to his knees and turns to the door. Behind him, she catches a glimpse of Ivy, the pubic hair waxed to a tiny strip above the neat pink slit, the centre moist and slick. Aidan’s face is shocked, moon-like in the dim light, his pants around his knees. Chuck” 0 likes
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