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The women of What's in a Name


In Canada and Jamaica, these silent women of What’s in a Name can no longer remain so. You will be mesmerized by this epic tale that details each woman’s shocking justification for her own silence. The main character, Christine/Lena, trades “bridling herself with her secret for some breaking news of her own.”


Each woman’s name is like the cover art that wraps to the back of the book, suggesting that names are rooted in something that will become a revelation, even if such truth is trivialized or set down to “the effect of breeze having manipulated leaves into form; leaves having manipulated light with equal savvy.”

The unspeakable

The women have spoken, and they must be heard. But for one of them, Dell-Dell, speaking by itself isn’t enough, nor is her name, so she commits an unspeakable act to solidify her future and a new life by way of a new name. She reminds us that every woman knows her own sorrows.

What’s in a Name

Now part of the forthcoming “The Barred-Spiral Trilogy”

The 2021 revised edition of the novel has been reissued, and will form a series of inter-related novels in a thematic trilogy. It is named “The Barred-Spiral Trilogy” for comparing a mother’s influence to what happens, the motions, in a spiral galaxy that has a central bar-shaped structure.