The Blackest Berry

By W J V Grant

Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook

The Blackest Berry is set on the island of Jamaica during a time of slavery. The main protagonist Tessa deemed by her Master to be ‘too puny’ is a slave and amateur botanist on the Racadam Plantation. However while performing her tasks as a house slave; she manages to finds time to develop her hobby as an amateur botanist, where the beauty of her flowers creates brief intervals from her pain. But despite the suffering of terrible injustices Tessa’s remarkable and intriguing story remains delightfully witty and may even unshackle the readers. “The general theme of my book encompasses aspects of power – through the dehumanization of others for the sake of a few and how that willfulness prevails to this day,” Grant says.

W J V Grant was born and partly educated in Jamaica and England; where at the age of fifteen, she joined her mother. At present, she is the mother of four children and resides in a quiet suburb of Birmingham. Her research for this novel drew her into the vast archives of the transatlantic slave trade- where she discovered a deep resonance with her own sense of identity.




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