When the Bottom Falls Out and Other Stories
H Nigel Thomas
The past sits
uneasily on the characters of these stories, whether on
their native Isabella Island or in Montreal, where some of
them now live. Life is ultimately lived according to the
choices that were made, and retribution does not always go
where it belongs. The wealthy and proper Higginsons have lived a
lie that eventually must come out. Jen and Edwin are
passionately in love, but can they shake off the shadow that
hangs over their lives? In his quiet and subtle way, Thomas
continues to bring alive a Caribbean island, giving depth
and complexity to its characters.
"Novelist, short story writer and critic H. Nigel Thomas has written a fantastic collection of short stories that reveals universal truths about human nature and the human condition."
—Montreal Community Contact
". . . Thomas (who was born and raised in St. Vincent) has produced a complex and specific portrait of a Caribbean nation and particularly of race within the continued effects of colonialism."
—The Globe and Mail
Praise for H Nigel Thomas's Lives: Whole and Otherwise:
"In Thomas’ hands the interior monologue becomes a powerful tool for voicing character and experience. Time and again he demonstrates his skill at reproducing the speech patterns of characters with Caribbean origins to mesmerizing effect. . . . the stories contained in Lives Whole and Otherwise are all about shaking one frame or another. H. Nigel Thomas gives voice to a hard social reality that refuses the glib formulas of traditional narrative form."
Praise for Behind the Face of Winter:
“. . . a hard story, sometimes despairingly bleak, but it is also undeniably beautiful . . . worth reading—and rereading . . .”
—Quill & Quire
Praise for Return to Arcadia:
"Thomas offers a fine story of forgiveness, self-actualization, and belonging."
—Montreal Review of Books
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-40-0
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eBook ISBN: 978-1-927494-54-7 (EPUB)
Publication Date: November 2014
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