- Dr. Irving W. André, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
- Vaughn E. James Ph.D., Judge Robert H Bean Professor of Law and Director, Tax Clinic, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Giftus John’s Ma William and Her Circle of Friends recreates the idyllic life in the village of St. Joseph (Senjo) with a shopkeeper, Ma William, at its center. Her shop is a mecca of sorts; one where the villagers assemble to discuss the issues that impact their lives. … The village is slowly changing as a result of external forces. The reader is left to wonder if these changes are for the better. Written with great sensitivity and attention to local speech rhythms, Giftus John’s most recent work recreates a life that is slowly witnessing its demise. This book confirms John’s reputation as one of Dominica’s finest writers.
Dr. Irving W. André, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
I have been reading the works of Giftus John for several years now. I have always found that his poems and short stories transcend Dominican life and culture and actually recount tales of Caribbean people in general whether they still reside in the Caribbean or “overseas.” Ma William and Her Circle of Friends is not different. In this collection of short stories, Giftus presents an exposé of Caribbean culture that resonates with every Caribbean person or person of Caribbean ancestry. This is a must-read for people of the Caribbean and those who love the Caribbean or want an education in Caribbean culture.
Vaughn E. James Ph.D., Judge Robert H Bean Professor of Law and Director, Tax Clinic, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas