the age of “chick lit,” Broken Gourds is
the sort of inspirational folklore that readers probably haven’t
seen in quite some time. The story follows a lowly healer whose
is to empower the oppressed while fostering harmony and hope
in a small Jamaican community. This is a story of humanity—the
story of its foundation: Love. It is a story of life.
are petitioning the city to modernize the road to Jamaica’s
remote village of Albion in the hope of making it more accessible
to tourists and commercial developers. As spokesman
for the villagers, Victor Rawlings petitions the Port Maria City
Council to reconsider the placement of the new road. His reasons
are simple: It will destroy historical buildings and diminish
the memory of the Balm Yard and the lives it touched.
Rawlings wins his first battle and sets up a meeting with city
officials. Quietly, he leads them up the dirt road that
leads to Balm Yard, the small Jamaican community that until now
has withstood the bitter winds of time. Balm Yard was the heart
of Albion and consequently the heart of Broken Gourds. It is
a place of meditation and healing for those of African ancestry.
But the city officials are not convinced. They see only despair,
and feel only pity.
DaDa is a social
outcast, the lowly son of a farming family. He’s
dirty, lazy, and aimless. He spends his time daydreaming of
a future he will never have. His feet are covered with oozing sores and
his nose runs constantly. His grandmother alone has love and
compassion for DaDa. She senses a spirituality in DaDa that no one else can
see. Readers are taken by the hand and lead slowly on a journey
of spiritual transformation that touches a man, a village,
and ultimately the author himself. Readers cannot help but to be
help DaDa’s true path becomes
clear: He must become a preacher and healer of Albion’s
people. As DaDa's ministry and prosperity grows, village leaders
jealous and spiteful. Village leaders react to their loss of
power and begin to plot revenge.
With any story of power—in
fiction and in real life—greed
and lust find their way into the cracks. Spiritual leaders
are not immune. It is not long before DaDa remembers his youthful
of owning Albion and he begins to succumb to temptation. He
becomes weak. This is a story about healing, triumph, and humanity,
it’s also a story of hate, adultery, corruption, and
selfishness born of fear.
Broken Gourds makes readers face
deception, homosexuality, even female genital mutilation. Read
it to challenge your convictions.