Mary-Mathilda has been the mistress of Bellfeels, a plantation owner in Bimshire (a lightly fictionalized Barbados), since her early teens. One night, she calls the police to confess a crime. Sargeant, who has silently loved her since they were children, takes her Statement over the course of a very long, discursive night. A night in which many ugly secrets bubble to the surface. Secrets about Mary-Mathilda’s past, secrets about the English elite who ruled pre-War Bimshire, secrets about the plantation: secrets that Sargeant doesn’t really want to hear.
An odd, meandering novel that moves slowly, but nonetheless held my attention.