After reading the introduction of My Mothers Son,
you wonder whether this writer is just all bravado or really
talented. Bajan author Jeremy Davis, a student at the University
of the Southern Caribbean, creates high expectations, deeming
his work the most urban satire ever written
and telling a story seldom heard. My Mothers
Son is this English majors first novel and Davis intends
to publish five by age 25.
You can probably finish this short story during rush hour
on the Port-of-Spain to San Fernando route. The plot races,
with outlandish events occurring in a matter of days.
His story is simple but with a message dont
sell out to society or you lose the things you hold dear.
Its the story of the ordinary university student,
Sky, whose life is turned upside down by the opposite sex
and a secret society, Alpha Theta Gamma (ATG). Unfortunately,
Sky can only choose one. The plot starts slowly but takes
a crazy turn in chapter five. The novel ends with a bang.
Literally. Sky realises that he is no longer his mothers
son, having abandoned the values she taught him.
Although a work of fiction, sometimes, the novel reads like
the realisation of the fantasies shared by many a twenty-something-year-old
male. The only character we really get to know is Sky, through
his extensive inner monologues.
All other protagonists remain cardboard stiff, even his
love interest, Star Davis conversational writing style
is effective in advancing the plot. Apart from the overriding
theme of conflict between the individual and society, Davis
wrestles with universal issues like understanding women
and the psyche of the Caribbean man.
The local reader may start hearing Sky declarations about
some Trini boys at the bus stop, They dont look
like they were going anywhere but then again no one in Trinidad
ever does. Everyone always seems to look so stagnant and
inactive. Or as they call it: Everyone is liming.
The text, although dominated by local patois and urban speech,
could benefit from editing. Overall, the book was as gripping
as a James Bond filma typical thriller plot based
on home turf. The text is riddled with contemporary urban
cultural references like Kanyes lyrics and local landmarks
like Bootleggers at Trincity Mall.
If Davis really wants to win that Pulitzer or Nobel by age
29, then he must plod on! Good effort though, for a first