“Why the Ass Don’t You Go and Get a Ten Days Before You Give Me a Nine Months?”

Written by Susan Wanlass, California State University, Sacramento for The Caribbean Writer on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Rhoda Bharath’s Ten Days Executive is a realistic, even raw, debut collection of short stories depicting life on Trinidad. At once bold and insightful, these stories openly display the ethnic tensions, the unequal treatment of women, and the sexual obsessions of men who feel unmanned. While Bharath’s lively touches of humor often ease the seriousness of the subject matter, the resounding message is the pain of the characters’ lives, as this account of three of the thirteen stories will show. [ . . . ] Bharath is unafraid of exposing the often grim realities of life in Trinidad. Her quick wit and lively dialect keep the reader glued to the stories despite the often unnerving subject matter of race, gender, and class struggles.