Nicole Blades was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. And ever since third grade with Mr. Polka, she has been writing and creating stories. Her interest in fact-based storytelling'journalism'developed in the late years of high school and continued into university, where she contributed to York University's newspaper. After graduating in 1994 with a BA in Mass Communications and a BA in Psychology, she moved to New York City and worked at Essence magazine.
In 1997, Nicole relocated to Barbados and worked as a features writer and editor for the Nation, one of the local newspapers. She left two years later with pages of notes and an idea for a novel. Nicole went on to be president and co-founder of the San Francisco-based, online women's magazine SheNetworks. Later, she became an editor at sports giant ESPN, in New York, where she was instrumental in launching ESPN.com's lifestyle section.
Nicole is currently working on a second novel. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, Scott.
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Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: DC Books (January 1, 2007)
Young, sea-loving Lily (ne Harriette) is aptly nicknamed after a floating flower. A Bajan high school drop-out, she subsists passively in her grandmothers house at the sufferance of a stern, fundamentalist task-mistress, one who malignly sees in Lily her lost, promiscuous, witless mother. Adrift, born into an island paradise which offers few choices to her kind, she must nevertheless identify, then gain the grit and spiritual wherewithal to make them, if she is to escape an out-of-control life of serial beatings at the hands of her first man, the charismatic, brutal, and finally murderous Goldie (Colvin) Edwards.
Through the counsel of
her appalled friend Sophie and the wisdoms of a pair of beach Rastas encountered
beside her beloved Caribbean, she slowly learns not only that she is, indeed, a
lovely flower, but The Rock she must leave via the freedom of primal yet
navigable waters, has been the stumbling block set before an unloved female
self. With a brilliant ear for both dialogue and dialect, and a great gift for
ensemble scenes, Canadian-Bajan novelist Nicole Blades plants us firmly on the
soil, not of the tourists, but of the natives contemporary Caribbean.
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