Verna Penn Moll. Essex, England:
Mount Sage Press, 1990.
Johnny-Cake Country, a first novel, is where the Caribbean beats out a rhythm for its songs….and where inevitable progress more often than not is accompanied by corrosive influences. Therefore, each character, consciously or not, does his/her bit to preserve what is left of the culture. Mr. Lettsome looks after his own folk by driving them up and down the Island, and at the same time sharing the Country’s history with visitors. Miss Probsey is the embodiment of all the maternal qualities of the community: strength, endurance, intuition, vision. She preserves the old customs of the land, even the secret of the name Johnny-cake. Naldo works day and night to raise money for his first year of college.