Suite as Sugar
and Other Stories
by Camille Hernández-Ramdwar
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Pub Date 23 May 2023 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2023
Dundurn Press, Rare Machines
From Winnipeg winterscapes to Toronto’s condo culture, from Havana’s haunted streets to Trinidad’s calamitous environs, the stories in Suite as Sugar are permeated with the violence of colonial histories, personal and intimate, reflecting legacies of abandonment and loss. The veil between the living and the dead is obscured, chaos becomes panacea, and characters take drastic measures into their own hands.
Survivors of all kinds seek strategy and solace: a group of homeless people organize an occupation of vacant condos, a new resident to a disturbing neighbourhood tries to make sense of madness, a dog investigates the sudden disappearance of his owner. The five intertwined vignettes in the title story are set in a Caribbean country where the spectre of the sugar plantation haunts everyone. Tying this collection together is the casual brutality of our everyday lives, whether seen through the eyes of animal, spirit, or human being.
A RARE MACHINES BOOK
"Suite as Sugar offers transatlantic prose flavoured with ingredients from the Caribbean and Canada. Camille Hernández-Ramdwar's stories span sexuality, spirituality, academia, crime and history, giving the reader plenty to chew on and much to savour." —LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI, author of The Bread the Devil Knead
"Hernández-Ramdwar looks directly into the heart of things and does not hesitate to follow them into whatever cracks and crevasses they open up.... This is a writer with a deft hand, secure in her craft and daring in its execution." —RAMABAI ESPINET, author of The Swinging Bridge