Oh Happy Day is a collection of eight short stories that features a distinctive blend of the Trinidadian society. Every piece highlights typical rural life emergent through realistic situations and events that Caribbean Diaspora will immediately identify.
Inspired by Sam Selvon’s ‘Ways of Sunlight’, the author uses Trinidadian dialect and several descriptions that emphasizes a characteristic mix of Trinidadian food and culture. At the mention of doubles, plum chow, sada roti and tomatoes choka, callaloo, cocoa tea, barrels of water outside, dougla, cricket, Breakfast Shed, Bishops Anstey High School, chip chip and many others, the West Indian reader’s interest would definitely peak.
The book also cites different locations in Trinidad, the stretch of Mayaro Beach where Dilip’s adventurous escapades erupted, Camalita waterfall where Marlon’s father worked, the Tumpuna River where Lara, Olie, Chalky and Sam relaxed in the cool river water as well as many others. Spiced with this uniqueness, the author hopes to attract an international following eager to visit Trinidad and Tobago, to experience its rich cuisine and explore the beautiful places mentioned.
These stories seek to transport the reader to a different time where children ventured outdoors to explore an uninhibited world, which created lifetime memories.
Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Michelle is the founder of StaffPlus Solutions, an online recruitment company as well as Caribbean Fiction Writers, an online community that inspires and promotes local and regional writers.
Oh Happy Day, A collection of entertaining stories is her first published book and is a result of many years of personal aspirations of becoming an author. She is also the author of Little Adventures, A collection of children’s stories.
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