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Publisher's Summary

Lauren Francis-Sharma's 'Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed 16-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman, the risks and rewards in Marcia's life amplify forever.
On an island rich with laughter, Calypso, Carnival, cricket, beaches and salty air, sweet fruits and spicy stews, the novel follows Marcia and Farouk from their amusing and passionate courtship through personal and historical events that threaten Marcia's secret, entangle the couple and their children in a scandal, and endanger the future for all of them.
'Til the Well Runs Dry tells the twinned stories of a spirited woman's love for one man and her bottomless devotion to her children. For listeners who cherish the previously untold stories of women's lives, here is a story of grit and imperfection and love that has not been told before.
©2014 Lauren Francis-Sharma (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Remarkably accomplished first-time novelist Francis-Sharma makes it clear on page one that Marcia is strong, courageous, and resourceful." ( Booklist)
"The two narrators, Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin, are superb choices who move the listener smoothly between the two main characters." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Louie Crew Clay on 09-08-15

Most wells I knew as a boy…

Most wells I knew as a boy in rural Alabama were sealed decades ago. Climbing down the dank and dark narrow walls of this one at 78 was torturous, but i could close the book, shut off my iPod, and go to a comfortable sleep. Not so for the noble and vulnerable family at the center of this story.

The author has Shakespeare's gift to let me see, smell, taste, touch, and hear every detail vividly, poignantly.

I did not choose this book but read it as a project for the book club at my public library. I need this group to help bring wholeness but not closure to the reading . I would not be surprised if our next meeting resembles a wake. We know the characters of the novel as family.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ilike2smize on 08-02-15

Good story...

Good story, great narration. My one problem was that it seemed to want to be everything to everybody. I felt like it meandered into too many areas that felt unresolved. Once Marcia went to the States, it all felt a bit forced and contrived...but the story still kept me engaged. This was good for driving and relaxing on the porch.....I found it tough on the subway because the accents required total concentration. Good, entertaining store nonetheless. This story made me very interested in Trinidadian culture which I will explore more.

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