'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel

'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel

Lauren Francis-Sharma / Oct 20, 2019

Til the Well Runs Dry A Novel A glorious and moving multi generational multicultural saga that begins in the s and sweeps through the s in Trinidad and the United States Lauren Francis Sharma s Til the Well Runs Dry open

  • Title: 'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel
  • Author: Lauren Francis-Sharma
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  • Page: 381
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  • A glorious and moving multi generational, multicultural saga that begins in the 1940s and sweeps through the 1960 s in Trinidad and the United States Lauren Francis Sharma s Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart mouthed 16 year old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guardinA glorious and moving multi generational, multicultural saga that begins in the 1940s and sweeps through the 1960 s in Trinidad and the United StatesLauren Francis Sharma s Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart mouthed 16 year old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman so taken with Marcia that he elicits the help of a tea brewing obeah woman to guarantee her ardor , the risks and rewards in Marcia s life amplify forever.On an island rich with laughter, Calypso, Carnival, cricket, beaches and salty air, sweet fruits and spicy stews, the novel follows Marcia and Farouk from their amusing and passionate courtship through personal and historical events that threaten Marcia s secret, entangle the couple and their children in a scandal, and endanger the future for all of them Til the Well Runs Dry tells the twinned stories of a spirited woman s love for one man and her bottomless devotion to her children For readers who cherish the previously untold stories of women s lives, here is a story of grit and imperfection and love that has not been told before.

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      • Lauren Francis-Sharma

        Lauren was born in New York but became the gal she is today in Balti, Maryland She likes to think that the water fountains at St Matthew School that inspired Tom Clancy were the same that inspired her, but in all likelihood it was the blacktop playground where every child born before municipal parks became fashionable, learned to fight and dream.After graduating from Balti Polytechnic High School with no hopes of ever becoming an engineer, Lauren graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School, distinguishing herself as a lover of baggy sweatshirts and bottles of Snapple She practiced law in New York, D.C and Maryland before giving what was left of herself to raising her two children After several months of building her stamina with Sodoku puzzle all nighters, she began to write Til the Well Runs Dry, a novel set largely in Trinidad and loosely based on her grandmother s story.Lauren lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C with her husband and two children and she is working on writing as many novels as time will permit.


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    1. Review based on ARC.Oh man, how even to review this one. I signed up to get this one because it had something to do with Trinidad. That was really all that motivated me. Otherwise, it sounded kind of trite ya know, "multigenerational" "multicultural" "blah blah blah." But my mom is from Trinidad and, unlike the author of this book, I have NOT heard much from her about her home-country. I was hoping the book might give me even the slightest of inside looks And boy did it.I would not describe this [...]


    2. Every year I seem to come across a novel that I expect to be a mildly entertaining spring/summer read which completely exceeds my expectations. Last year it was The Turner House, this year it's 'Til the Well Runs Dry. I listened to the book on Audible. A superb performance by Bahni Turpin and Ron Butler. Bahni Turpin is fast becoming one of my favorite audio performers. She also did Here Comes the Sun. She inhabits the patois where the character comes from and makes distinctions between for exam [...]


    3. I read an advance copy of Til the Well Runs Dry and I really connected with the characters in this book from the very first chapter. Marcia Garcia's life is filled with many ups and downs that resonated with me. This book took me through every emotion possible and at the end I wanted to follow Marcia and her family into the next chapter of their lives. This is a wonderful book that should be read by everyone who enjoys historical fiction. I have a feeling that this book will definitely become a [...]


    4. I picked up this book randomly from the library's new arrivals shelf, the first from this author. The story is about Marcia Garcia and is set in Trinidad. We meet Marcia as a talented young 16-year-old seamstress and orphan caring for her 3-year-old twin brothers, who's barely able to feed her family. Enter Farouk, a 20 something police officer, who falls madly in love with Marcia and tries to win her love with the help of the local obeah (witch basically). I was enticed by this book because of [...]


    5. So. Many. Things. Happen. Francis-Sharma packs her narrative tight with action and suspense in a story that spans nearly two decades and focuses on a non-traditional nuclear family (Technically, the couple at the novel's center, Farouk Karam and Marcia Garcia, are married, but they've been separated for nearly the entire length of their marriage, even as they continue to have children together). The story alternates between three narrative voices: Marcia's, Farouk's, and their second-eldest daug [...]


    6. If you like a book that’s go- go- go, you’ll want this one. After only a few chapters, things really took off. I was concerned that with 379 pages to fill, the pace would drop off. That couldn’t have been further from the truth!The story begins 1943, in Trinidad, where we meet a teenage girl, Marcia Garcia, and a slightly older Farouk Karam. Farouk, a police officer and ladies man, is determined to win Marcia’s heart. So much so that he solicits the help of an obeah. But Marcia, a seamst [...]



    7. This was an enjoyable book. The language, culture, and history of the Trinidad and Tobago permeate throughout this book. Marcia Garcia is a young girl from Blanchiseuse, a rural area, of the island who grows up within each chapter to be a wife, mother, and business owner. How she handles all the events in her life tells of her wit, charm, and determination. With her four children she makes a life for her self from ashes. From the beginning of loving his charm, to the constant disappointments fro [...]


    8. This rich, atmospheric novel transported me from my dreary, wintery hometown to balmy, lush Trinidad in the 1940's. In a small, poor seaside town, protagonist Marcia is working as a seamstress and raising two small disabled little boys. She begins dating Farouk, a young policeman, and as their stories intertwine and unfold over decades, family secrets and political scandals threaten to be their undoing. Much of the book is written in dialect, and the narrator changes from chapter to chapter. I d [...]


    9. Disappointing book! There was so much going on that it almost seemed as if the author got a little too enthusiastic and tried to cover every possible topic she could think of. There were interesting aspects but overall I couldn't put a finger on a single character who I really liked. Not Farouk, not Marcia, not Patsy, not Wesley, especially not Farouk's parents, maybe I cared just a wee bit about Yvonne and Jackie (she was probably the most likeable character). Marcia just had a dark cloud hangi [...]


    10. One of the highest compliments that I can give a book is that it is a page turner. This book certainly qualifies. When one foregoes mundane household chores and other obligations in order to sit down to follow the excitement and adventures of the characters in this book, then you know you have a winner. I did with very little regret. Its not a perfect book and I have a few quibbles but they are minor in comparison to the engagement and pleasure afforded by this book. First, some of the quibbles. [...]


    11. Now THIS is what story-telling is all about!I absolutely loved this book: the story, the dialogue, the character-development, the history, and as I did it in audio, I also LOVED the gorgeous narration done in a sing-song Trinidadian accent that I quickly got addicted to. I just can't recommend this book enough. Fantastic! I'm left wanting at the end, which I was guessing at right up until the final word, and in a way was aching for a different wrap-up. But that's okay -- the ending provided alig [...]


    12. I loved this book but must admit bias as I was born and raised in Trinidad. The book felt like coming home, the accents, language, food, landscape, it all made me feel as if I was wrapped in a nostalgic blanket. If I were to try to separate my feelings and focus solely on the book (it's hard), I think I would have still enjoyed the story. The author wrote beautifully, she was able to describe Trinidad without being overly flowery with language. She was able to create fully fleshed out characters [...]


    13. I am once again reminded why I should never read books from the Oprah suggested reading lists. Depressing book.



    14. Marcia Garcia is a young seamstress in 1940s Trinidad struggling to take care of her twin brothers alone when she meets Farouk Karam, an Indian police officer who falls in love with her. Despite Farouk's earnest efforts to win her heart, Marcia is guarded, harboring secrets and focused on only taking care of her family. This prompts Farouk to seek assistance from a local obeah woman whose magic sets in a motion a turn of events that will effect multiple generations, from their small, lively Cari [...]


    15. Better than ExpectedWhen I first read the synopsis I wasn't too interested in the book. But then, this is why I joined a book club. It allows me to read things I wouldn't have otherwise read.I really enjoyed the book and didn't want to put it down. Even the multiple character voices we're done in a way that allowed me to keep them straight.I did have some questions throughout the book and had to go back and reread parts. But I was pretty much able to figure out what I was confused about.Even the [...]


    16. Late in Lauren Francis-Sharma's debut novel, "'Til the Well Runs Dry", the main character, Marcia Garcia, describes herself in a lonely moment as "a monster -- the Sucouya witch", and as "angry, bitter, loveless". The Sucouya witch appears to be a mythical occult character in Trinidad, the setting of most of the novel. The novel describes how Marcia Garcia came to see herself as the Sucouya witch and how she dealt with the situation. The book follows the course of her life from 1943, as a girl o [...]


    17. This is the first novel I've read based in Trinidad! I hope to find more. One of my dearest friends is Trinidadian, and I have been blessed to have been able to go there 3 times. (In fact, while there I made a new best friend, and she actually came to live with me in Massachusetts for a while until she got her life in America going! I loved that time in life. I sure miss living near such close diverse friends. sorry for the tangent there.) This book sure had the feel of much of my experiences th [...]


    18. Sooooo there a sequel to this book? I mean, it kind of ended abruptly, which i guess is a sign of good writing since I'm so invested in how the lives of the characters turn out. I guess i'm kind of tired of unsatisfying endings. I really want to have a chat with the author about this book! I want to know why she chose to tell the story from Jackie's point of view and why she chose the time period she did. Overall, it was a nice peek into a culture I know very little about.


    19. A fascinating book. Set in Trinidad. Interesting characters, excellent plot development and the author writes the dialogue in the island rhythm of vocabulary which makes the premise very real. Timely look at immigration battles of the 1960s as the protagonist realizes her only hope to help her family depends upon abandoning her home. More than just a "good read"is is a book of fiction with a history to tell. Bravo!


    20. The story takes place in Trinidad and I've traveled there before, so I could easily picture the details that were described and the foods that were cooked. The language was also very familiar and it was written as a true Trini would speak it. It may be hard to understand for someone who doesn't know the culture, but I read it for the pure fact that it was set in Trinidad and Tobago.


    21. You don't know what you've got until it's gone. At its core, " 'Til the Well Runs Dry" is a love story that spans 22 years. The story is told in three voices: that of Marcia Garcia; her lover, policeman Farouk Karam; and their second-born daughter, Jacqueline.Marcia Garcia is a teenager trying to single-handedly take care of 3-year-old twins who are not well. Her parents and sister are gone, and she sews to make enough money to keep the small family afloat. Then she meets policeman Farouk. Their [...]


    22. As a child I've always loved books that transported me to another world, real or imaginary, that I would never be able to visit otherwise. In novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma, I traveled to Trinidad. Not only did I learn what life is like in on the island, but Francis-Sharma's rich writing allowed me to walk in Marcia Garcia's shoes.What I admired most about Marcia was her ability to keep pushing to give her children the best life she could even when obstacles were thrown at [...]


    23. I loved this book from page one. The author effortlessly describes Trinidad and its diverse people with such rich detail that I felt like I'd been there before. The voices of the characters rose off of the pages and into my ears. The trials that this tragically fractured family go through are very sad but there is beauty in the story as well. I connected with the characters and even felt protective of them like they were my own family. The things that kept it from being a full 5-star book to me [...]


    24. I have never given much thought to Trinidad or the people that live there. This book was eye-opening even though it was set in the 1950/60's, and things have probably changed. So different from America during that same time frame. Very good story with characters that were quite believable. For those of you who dislike too much politics or history when reading fiction, you will be pleased to know that while you will be fascinated by, and immersed in the culture of Trinidad, you will not be given [...]


    25. I must admit that when I read the first four words of Chapter 1, "The cardboard box trembled," I closed the book and didn't pick it up for three weeks. After I finished reading several other novels(Loving Donovan, Cane River, The Invention of Wings, Forty Acres, etc.) I picked up "Till the Well Runs Dry" again and forced myself to continue reading pass the first four word"The cardboard box trembled." Thank God I did. What is that people say.r judge a book by its cover. Well, I will never judge a [...]


    26. Well, gosh, it took me FOREVER to read this book, but not because it wasn't good. I'm torn, almost gave it 5 stars. Based in Trinidad and Tobago, an area of the world I knew nothing about and now want to go visit!! I got so frustrated with the characters in this book, although I realize it was probably the most realistic way they would have behaved coming from such a poor and hopeless background. This is the story of a family, from the parents' meeting through raising four kids, and finally comi [...]


    27. This book was so engaging! The interwoven family and how each decision changed the direction of all of their lives. It was frustrating at points but very interesting until the very end. I'm a little disappointed in the ending. It felt like there were unanswered questions.


    28. This was a good book set in Trinidad. It is about Marcia who is a talented sewer, her children and their father. Marcia faces a lot of heartache and it is sad at times. We learn a bit about the island and some of the island foods. Thank you Picador for sending me this book.


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