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Book details
  • SubGenre:Abuse / Child Abuse
  • Language:English
  • Pages:141
  • eBook ISBN:9781667842028

The Rusty Machete

by Charmaine Clarke Andrews

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"The Rusty Machete" is a coming-of-age tale that tells a story of a little girl and her family, living in Jamaica in the late 1960's, while they undergo the long, grueling process of immigrating to America. A family of strong and beautiful women, who, through grit and determination manage to overcome the sudden obstacles life throws in their path.
Maxine, our protagonist, tells the tale of life in Jamaica through her child eyes. She and her older sisters Patricia and Corinne, and her baby brother Geoff are left behind in Jamaica to be raised by their grandmother, while their parents go to America to seek a better future for the family. The story chronicles the separation of the family, and ultimately, the bonds that get broken because of the separation. Maxine takes us from a surprisingly funny, yet poignant life in Jamaica, through her reunion with her parents, and life in America. Her stories are the stories of most immigrants, the desire for a better life leads them to America. However, America is not all it's cracked up to be, Maxine finds, and struggles to find her place in this new world.
About the author

Charmaine was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1965. In 1974, she and her 5 siblings immigrated to the United States to reunite with their parents, where the family resided in Vailsburg, NJ. They eventually moved to Orange, NJ where the lived until the children had all reached adulthood. Charmaine graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor of arts in English Literature. She started her career as an editorial assistant at a publishing company, then moved into medical publishing. There she worked as a production editor on several prestigious medical journals. After 10 years in publishing, Charmaine moved into the promotional advertising industry, working as a medical editor. At her last full-time job, she served as the editorial director of the editorial group at her company. She currently works from home as a freelance editor, where she resides in Piscataway, NJ with the loves of her life, her classically named men, her husband Ulysses and her son Darius, and their dog Riley.