Caribbean American Cultural Group (CACG) and Frances-Marie Coke Launch When Banana Stains Fade – A Stunning Jamaican Family Saga

  Article Provided/Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham The Holy Faith Episcopal Church Hall buzzed with anticipation and excitement last Friday as CACG and PSL author and educator Frances-Marie Coke collaborated for the second time on a book launch. Members and friends of CACG, and the author, turned out in their numbers to hear readings and ...
May 23, 2024
MaryAnn Ketcham
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Article Provided/Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

The Holy Faith Episcopal Church Hall buzzed with anticipation and excitement last Friday as CACG and PSL author and educator Frances-Marie Coke collaborated for the second time on a book launch.

Members and friends of CACG, and the author, turned out in their numbers to hear readings and participate in discussions about the book’s characters and themes.

Opening the proceedings, Vice-President Neville Lake praised Coke’s contribution to CACG, an established non-profit organization serving the Treasure Coast through festivals, balls, and church services, as well as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and back-to-school events that benefit the community. CACG marks its 40th anniversary this year, and is especially proud of its annual Dr. Martin Luther King celebration and its flagship scholarship program, which has supported college-bound students to the tune of over $166,000 to date.

Attendees at the launch paid close attention to Coke’s reading of snippets from the book, partook in refreshments, had their purchases signed by the author, and shared lively comments about the novel and the event. They were especially pleased that part proceeds from all book sales will be contributed to CACG.

When Banana Stains Fade belongs in the hands of readers searching for authentic explorations of social inequities, distorted self-image, family conflicts, and the price of courting love’s impostors. According to the author, “I felt compelled to record the island’s beauty alongside its struggles, and to celebrate the resilient, courageous “Jamaican Family,” which despite being described as irreparably broken, remains the island’s backbone.”

Can faith and resilience overcome legacies of a dirt-poor banana field, flawed traditions, and family estrangement? Award-winning Jamaican-Canadian author Rachel Manley thinks so. “In a narrative that is hard to put down, Coke traces both a family’s story and the modern history of her island Jamaica, her message ultimately uplifting: ‘…her glorious little island prevails.’”

Copies of When Banana Stains Fade are available from the author, at major booksellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble (in paperback and e-book formats), and  at the publisher’s website – https://www.blackrosewriting.com/

Frances-Marie Coke is a Jamaican educator living in Port St. Lucie.

 

 

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