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Carole Boyce Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038020

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038020.001.0001

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My Father Died a Second Time

My Father Died a Second Time

(p.216) 12 My Father Died a Second Time
Caribbean Spaces

Carole Boyce Davies

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about her father's death. When she first saw her father alive, after his first purported death, it was in a beautiful little village past Grenville called Paraclete. He kept repeating that he knew she would find him one day and that he had been waiting for this moment. From his telling, it was her mother who kept him at bay. She then received word that her father had died a second time one sunny morning in Miami, about a week after she had returned from a semester-long stay in Trinidad. She did not go to the funeral. She did not feel sad, only a sense of years that could not be recovered but the security of having the final piece in a jigsaw puzzle finally put in place and the picture finally completed. Still, she would have liked to have known him as a younger man.

Keywords:   Caribbean culture, fathers, daughters, death

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