Secrets We Kept

Secrets We Kept

Three Women of Trinidad

Book - 2018
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An award-winning writer describes her Trinidad upbringing in the shadow of her revered grandfather, a wealthy Hindu landowner who tyrannized over three generations of women in the author's family and whose life reflected their tranquil island home's history of violence, suppression and racial tension.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393609264
Branch Call Number: 972.98304 Si86s 2018
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 22 cm

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Krystal Sital wrote a vivid memoir of growing up as a second class citizen (read: female) in Trinidad's sizable Hindu community.

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PimaLib_NormS Sep 20, 2018

I can find Trinidad on a map, but know nothing of its history or traditions. Sometimes I like reading about people and cultures that are totally foreign to anything in my experience, so I picked up a copy of “Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad” by Krystal A. Sital. This book is a family his... Read More »

Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad. This memoir explores abuse in Trinidad and Tobago and the surrounding communities.


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PimaLib_NormS Sep 20, 2018

I can find Trinidad on a map, but know nothing of its history or traditions. Sometimes I like reading about people and cultures that are totally foreign to anything in my experience, so I picked up a copy of “Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad” by Krystal A. Sital. This book is a family history based on conversations the author had with her mother and grandmother – the “Three Women of Trinidad”. Their lives were deeply affected by being women in a patriarchal social system that has been a way of life in Trinidad, especially in that island nation’s sizable Hindu community, in which men have authority over women in all aspects of society. Women are to be submissive and obedient to men, and this is often enforced by verbal, emotional, and physical abuse. They often feel trapped and helpless, unable to fight back against not only the men in their lives, but a culture that is intolerant of change. It wasn’t until her grandfather was incapacitated near the end of his life, that Krystal Sital convinced her mother and grandmother to open up about their lives and the sometimes disturbing family secrets. And now, with the publication of “Secrets We Kept”, the secrets they kept are secret no more. Will one book change the culture in Trinidad? Probably not. But change never happens without someone taking the first step.

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