Island boy’s life, survival revealed in ‘Madam Pierre Bwoy’

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New book by Marcus Bethel tells story of Charles Pierre, his life in Grenadines

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – A flicker of light shines through a war-clouded realm. Will this single beacon of hope keep burning to a full grown flame or will it, like most of the sort, just douse away and leave its host cold again? “Madam Pierre Bwoy” (published by Xlibris) written by Marcus Bethel is about life and survival as it relates to 60’s and 70’s hard knock islanders with limited opportunities. It tells the story of Charles Pierre who is unable to dictate the terms or relate to the conditions at that delicate aspect of his dependent life in Grenadines. His future is made apparent through the struggles his father endures as relationships are challenged by selfishness and a general sense of indifference.

Further influencing the decisions taken and the threats to his well-being is the depravation and general lack of vital resources on the tiny island on which he resides. Having to rely so much on the boats and on fishing as the sea accounts for such a great part of their livelihood, Charles story is told even as he lies in his crib under the general care of his mother whose health has now come under scrutiny.

Facing the task of adapting and making necessary changes to keep abreast with the changing times, Mr. Pierre, Charles’s father, has to keep a still head as he makes crucial decisions that will very well determine the path his son’s future takes. Before he could relate or even utter a single babble, Charles’ saga has begun to unfold.

“Madam Pierre Bwoy reveals an element of truth as pure fiction does and a language that is unique to itself,” says the author. “It takes those familiar with the lifestyle then back to a place they love revisiting and enlightens those who have not had that great privilege.”

“Madam Pierre Bwoy”
By Marcus Bethel
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 156 pages | ISBN 9781499045055
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 156 pages | ISBN 9781499045048
E-Book | 156 pages | ISBN 9781499045062
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Born in Grenada in September 1969, Marcus D. Bethel grew up on a tiny Grenadine Island of Petite Martinique. He attended the only primary school on the island but later moved to the sister isle where he received a secondary education at the Bishop’s College Carriacou. After graduating in July 1986, he indulged himself in the seaman life only to be interrupted by a short stint as a teacher in 1988. After migrating to New York, he enrolled in Brooklyn College in the fall of 2001, from where he graduated with a BFA in creative writing. He currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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