two women hugging and holding a book
Ethlyn Rhymer, author of Life in Paradise, presents a copy of the new book to her aunt during a book launch on April 3 at Maria’s by the Sea.

Ethlyn Rhymer, author of Life in Paradise, presents a copy of the new book to her aunt during a book launch on April 3 at Maria’s by the Sea.

“I feel like I just gave birth to a baby: I could sleep,” Ms. Rhymer said of the book, which reflects on life in Cane Garden Bay in the 1950s and 1970s. She began writing it in 2016.

“I just remember hearing the noises on the street and thinking, ‘What would my ancestors think?’ And I remember God said, ‘Why don’t you write a book about it?’”

During the launch, which was coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ms. Rhymer’s friends and family members took turns sharing kind words and reminiscing on how they lived before electricity came to the bay.


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