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Jamaica, Barbados, Caribbean, Racism, Autism, Homeschooling, Elitism

My Life as Sisyphus
Memoir of an Expatriate in the Caribbean
by Catharina van Leeuwen

Armed with a graduate degree in Biological Sciences, the author leaves for the Caribbean to join her husband who has been recruited to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Excited at the prospect of living in this vibrant culture, her enthusiasm to make a contribution is challenged as she encounters the difficulties facing a society in transition. Once they begin a family the challenges increase and she finds herself gradually isolated. Writing about her experiences and documenting the obstacles faced raising her children provide new insights into the subtleties of a multi-racial society.

The author studied for her Master's Degree in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University where she met her husband, a fellow graduate student. They lived in the Caribbean after graduation during which time she obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica that enabled her to teach high school biology at a private school in the region. After moving to Barbados the author completed a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties by distance from the UK which qualified her to tutor dyslexic children at the Caribbean Dyslexia Center. She currently resides in Toronto.


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