You Alone Are Dancing ($13.95 paperback original; May 1996; 200 pp.; 0-472-06627-7). This lyrical first novel set on a fictional Caribbean island (doubtless similar to its author's native Trinidad) contains a skillful and attractive rendering of life in a bustling village and of its resourceful and colorful local dialect. But Flanagan's monotonous treatment of social injustice, both impassioned and lachrymose, succeeds only when firmly focused on her heroine Beatrice, a sensitive and long-suffering girl who loses her lover to the promise of America while gaining strength and serenity through her simple ability to persevere and endure.
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