Last summer Debbie Jacob
, a 1971 Lexington High School graduate who lives in Trinidad, dropped by.A fellow journalist, she is a feature writer for the Trinidad Guardian in the West Indies.She
lives and works in the little village of St. Ann's.She also is head of the English Department at a secondary school in Port of Spain, Trinidad's capital city.
And now she
is a novelist.
A single mother raising two teenagers, she
found time to write "Legend of the St. Ann's Flood."
tells me by e-mail that she
wrote the book for her
son, Jairzinho, now 16, when he
was 10 because there is no West Indian literature for children between 8 and 12.She
felt that, like any child, he
needed some reading that reflected his
.The hero and heroine of this story are Joseph and Jaya, a fictional boy and girl who attend the same school Jacob's son attended.Jacob
used a devastating flood that hit the city of St. Ann's in 1993.A deadly flood that came pouring unexpectedly out of the hills.
According to the tale Jacob
spun, the flood was caused by the perpetually angry Mama Dlo, a very large anaconda who hates humans because they tend to destroy the forest.
But flooding is common these days because all the forests are being cut down, Jacob
So this book was a plea for the forest's survival as well as a tale for children.She
said the book is available on amazon.com
in the United Kingdom.Trinidad
gained independence from the British Commonwealth in 1976 and survived a coup attempt by Muslim fundamentalists in 1990.Jacob
said Trinidad's wealth comes from oil, deposits it shares with nearby Venezuela.
An Ohio State University graduate who majored in anthropology, Jacob
moved to Trinidad
in the '80s, married, divorced and is raising her
Perhaps some folks in Lexington who knew Debbie Jacob
might be interested.