Author: Zee Edgell
Subtle yet rich descriptions of culture, society, and family life in Belize adorn Zee Edgell's beautifully narrated story of a short time in the life of 14-year-old Beka Lamb.
Set in Belize, Beka Lamb is the record of a few months in the life of Beka and her family. The politics of the small colony, the influence of the matriarchal society and the dominating presence of the Catholic Church are woven into the fabric of the story to provide a compelling portrait of ordinary life in Belize.
Through flashbacks, points on politics and independence are animated, since the political struggles for independence in Belize reflect Beka's own developing maturity and need to assert herself.
Two main features of this heartwarming story are Beka's penchant for lying and her relationship with her older friend Troycie, whose troubling choices lead her down a self-destructive path.
The pride of winning an essay contest at her convent school releases Beka's grief over Troycie and empowers her to embrace the next phase of her life.
About the Author
She was born and raised in Belize City, Belize. After attending St. Catherine Academy in Belize City (the basis for St. Cecilia's Academy in her novel Beka Lamb), Edgell studied journalism at the school of modern languages at the Polytechnic of Central London (1965) and continued her education at the University of the West Indies (1990). She worked as a journalist, first working for The Daily Gleaner in Jamaica in 1959, and later serving as the founding editor of The Reporter.
From 1966 to 1968, she taught at St. Catherine Academy in Belize. After serving as editor of The Reporter, she returned to teach at St. Catherine for the 1980–81 school year. From 1981 to 1987, she served as the first Director of the Women's Bureau in the Government of Belize, and later as the Director of the Department of Women's Affairs.
She has also lived for extended periods in such diverse places as Jamaica, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Somalia, working with development organizations and the Peace Corps. She has been director of women's affairs for the government of Belize, lecturer at the former University College of Belize (forerunner to the University of Belize) and she was an associate professor in the department of English at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio from 1993 to 2009, where she taught creative writing and literature. Edgell also tours internationally, giving book readings and delivering papers on the history and literature of Belize. She is considered Belize's principal contemporary writer.
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.