Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad

Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad Review

There, in a lush landscape of fire-petaled immortelle trees and vast plantations of coffee and cocoa, where the three hills along the southern coast act as guardians against hurricanes, Krystal A. Sital grew up idolizing her grandfather, a wealthy Hindu landowner. Years later, to escape crime and economic stagnation on the island, the family resettled in New Jersey, where Krystal’s mother works as a nanny, and the warmth of Trinidad seems a pretty yet distant memory. But when her grandfather lapses into a coma after a fall at home, the women he has terrorized for decades begin to speak, and a brutal past comes to light.

In the lyrical patois of her mother and grandmother, Krystal learns the long-held secrets of their family’s past, and what it took for her foremothers to survive and find strength in themselves. The relief of sharing their stories draws the three women closer, the music of their voices and care for one another easing the pain of memory.

Violence, a rigid ethnic and racial caste system, and a tolerance of domestic abuse—the harsh legacies of plantation slavery—permeate the history of Trinidad. On the island’s plantations, in its growing cities, and in the family’s new home in America, Secrets We Kept tells a story of ambition and cruelty, endurance and love, and most of all, the bonds among women and between generations that help them find peace with the past.

Title:Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad

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  • Rebel Women Lit

    Trigger Warning: Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence Secrets We Kept by Krystal Sital is a stunning memoir — unbelievable in parts, touching throughout, and thoroughly impactful.Sita...

  • Elizabeth Conley

    It’s fitting that I have finished this book on International Women’s Day. The harrowing stories of these women coming up in the male dominated Trinidadian culture, unfolding through the strength o...

  • Rosie

    Goodreads Giveaway winner. The author revered her grandfather and could not understand her grandmother's reaction when her grandfather becomes comatose after a fall. Then she is told the secrets that ...

  • Krystal

    This poignant memoir captivated me, and it was meaningful to read experiences that mirror my own, from the reverence of Pappy in childhood to leaving Trinidad but still calling it home!...

  • Karen A. Lloyd

    Secrets We Kept is a stunning memoir - unbelievable in parts, touching throughout, and thoroughly impactful.Sital's writing feels honest and she refreshingly portrays people as the full and complicate...

  • Lindsay

    What a beautiful and heartbreaking account. I am still reeling from the extent of violence this family endured. Sital does an incredible job of weaving together the storylines, bouncing between past a...

  • Booktart

    A very tough read due to the domestic abuse detailed in the book, but also a very compelling memoir (written more like narrative fiction) set in a country I really didn’t know much about. I feel lik...

  • Joy

    I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.Sital shares an immigrant’s legacy, not an immigrant’s story. The strength of the Trinidadian women in the face of generations of c...

  • Ashley

    There were so many aspects of this book that made me want to break down and cry or just be totally angry at what was going on. You learn about the cruelty inflicted by a man’s anger and hatred towar...

  • enyanyo

    This was a captivating read. First, the idyllic descriptions of the island of Trinidad and then the author's gradual unfolding of her mother's, grandmother's and finally her own story. Krystal A. Sita...