Last Cool Days

Set in 1952 in colonial Trinidad, this novel explores the barriers between black and white in a highly stratified and racially demarcated society. Marcus is a young black village boy who gets fatefully attracted by the strangeness and the privileges of white children in his neighbourhood. The awkwardness and instability of this relationship reinforce his sense of insecurity and alienation, instilling in him an adult rage that leads to tragedy.

“The atmosphere and insight displayed in this book make it a considerable achievement.”
The Irish Times

“John Stewart draws a painful and all too credible picture of the squalor and injustice endured by the black community . . . “
–The Times Literary Supplement


Publication Date: 1996

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-920661-55-0
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
160 pages

John Stewart was born in Trinidad and educated at California State University, Stanford University, and the University of California in Los Angeles. His short stories have appeared in, among other places, The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories (1990) and Best West Indian Short Stories (London: Nelson, 1981). He is a recipient of a Royal Society of Literature Award for Last Cool Days. Currently he is professor and director of African American and African Studies, University of California, Davis.

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