W. B. Garvey is a relative of the famous pan-Africanist and Jamaican National Hero, Marcus Garvey. While going through his deceased father's papers, Garvey learned that his grandfather had been a railroad engineer who worked on the Panama Canal during its construction. That revelation sparked years of research and correspondence that led to the writing of Panama Fever: Digging Down Gold Mountain. A classically-trained violinist, W.B. Garvey has performed as soloist with renowned symphony orchestras and as a recitalist in major U.S. concert halls. Garvey has appeared with the New York City Opera and the Black Music Repertory Ensemble and made studio recordings with major artists such as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Wynton Marsalis as well as playing for over a hundred film scores including Martin Scorsese's Age of Innocence, Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo. W.B. Garvey was born in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He has lived in Kingston, Jamaica, and London, England, and currently resides in New York City.
'A finely orchestrated work that
combines meticulous research into the history of the building of
the Panama canal, with stories of the courageous West Indian men
and women who laboured to build it. W.B. Garvey has created a
vivid and moving testament to some of history's unsung heroes
A Story of Love, Ambition, and Corruption
Panama Fever brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of the men and women who left their homes and loved ones to fulfill the dream of building the Panama Canal. A thrilling adventure, crackling with action and adventure, W. B. Garvey's historical novel tells the story of two young men seeking their destinies against the backdrop of the titanic construction of the canal as they confront the catastrophes of earthquake, disease, political corruption and murderous insurrection, while finding love in unlikely places.
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