Thursday, January 18, 2018

Coffee with Milk - the book


Arlene Walrond holds a copy of her first novel " Coffee With Milk: A love story."

Donstan Bonn

A DREAD-LOCKED female Trinidadian lawyer meets white US computer technician and falls in love within a few days. In just a few months, they get married and live happily ever after.

Sounds like a modern day fairy tale?

Well that is exactly what takes place in Arlene Walrond's first novel " Coffee With Milk: A love story." Recently, Walrond launched her novel at the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS), Port-of-Spain. The book is a read for romantics.

Walrond attempts through the use of simple language to highlight information about Trinidad and Tobago using the relationship between Lisa and Adam as a backdrop.

She mentions local areas, food, language and a bit of society and for a brief moment, the issue of homosexuality and poverty.

The novel focuses really on Lisa who is trying to deal with the fantasy/reality that a foreigner would fall deeply in love with her so quickly especially just after coming out of a broken relationship that lasted five years.

Of course, as in every novel, there must be conflict. Lisa and Adam struggle to deal with each other's cultural backgrounds and acceptance in the other's family.

Publishing the book was a childhood dream come true for Walrond who is now 58. The writer who lives at Gasparillo said: "Writing a novel was always a dream of mine ever since I was a child. But I never really had the time to do it. I would write short stories and songs. I wrote one song that I put music too but nobody wanted it and that had me discouraged for a while."

A mother and grandmother, Walrond would write short stories and songs in her spare time just for the love of it.

So in 2004, she started putting together the novel which took her five years to complete. Apart from writing the book she worked. The last job was organising chartered trips on a sailboat together with her husband Will Gentieu.

Walrond was honoured recently by NALIS during thier First Time Authors' Appreciation Programme. The book priced at $100 is available at Metropolitan Bookstore at Capital Plaza, Port-of-Spain and from Walrond directly.

For more information, persons can call 759-8202 or 746-9211.