Maracas Bay, Trinidad -- April 9, Saturday afternoon -- Reading Carlos Ruiz Zafón

At Maracas Bay

Taking a weekend off of taking care of her mother with Alzheimer's to be, as she put it, "a hermit at the beach."

Reading The Angel's Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which her daughter-in-law gave her for Christmas. Her favorite author is Oscar Wilde. She used to read a lot of Gore Vidal.

If she were to write her own book it would be about her family history. She is Amerindian (the native people of Trinidad and other parts of the West Indies), Irish, East Indian, and African.

One of her great grandmothers came to Trinidad as an indentured laborer from India with a husband and son, both of whom died on the voyage. In Trinidad, her widowed great grandmother eventually married an Irish overseer and together they had eight children and oversaw a cacao plantation in a region called Manzanilla in central Trinidad.