Following a passionate conversation with a colleague about the insurmountable challenges of women Mimi Johnrose decided she wanted to be a voice for the voiceless. Little did she know that she was beginning a journey that would take her two years to accomplish. Finally, after 24 months of hard work and countless rewrites Caribbean Taboo was officially released to the public on Tuesday the 2nd of April 2017 and I had the pleasure of attending the book launching.
Mimi Johnrose was born in Dominica and raised between the U.S Virgin Islands and Dominica. Having always been interested in literature and affecting change her debut novel Caribbean Taboo, depicts events which she interviewed others about and bore witness herself.
The book launched at the UWI Conference room and was fairly well attended. In her opening remarks Mimi told the audience that this book is one that can relate to every woman.
According to the official Caribbean Taboo Facebook page, ‘Caribbean Taboo is of the new adult genre. It’s raw and there are explicit scenes. The book chronicles the life of the protagonist. It discusses issues within the region to include poverty, abuse, rape and inappropriate relationships between adults and minors. The stories of multiple people from around the region are combined to form one awakening novel.’
I was of course intrigued with the concept of the book as I consider myself an advocate for the marginalized. On opening my copy I saw that the books blurb reads ‘Life on some of the most attractive Caribbean islands isn’t as glamorous as visitors would perceive. For young girls growing up in many areas of the Caribbean, life is a constant struggle with little hope of advancement or success. Such is the story of Marcia & her rise from an impoverished schoolgirl living with her grandparents to dating one of the richest most eligible bachelors on her island.’
Mimi intends to promote the book and its message to the international market showcasing her books at events such as the Chicago Caribbean Film Festival and hopes that this book will one day become a screenplay.
In speaking to Mimi she encouraged anyone who has the passion for writing to ‘pick up a pen or start to type’ she also revealed ‘this book started with two pages, if I can do it anyone can’.
Caribbean Taboo is authentic and hits you with its no holds barred approach to uncovering the truth behind the injustice done to Caribbean women and girls and I give it a A+ rating.
You can get your own copy of Caribbean Taboo from Amazon.com; Barnes & Noble and Google Books. Special Discounts available when purchasing in bulk for retail from Mimijbooks.com