Sunday’s Child is a true story set in Guyana, a former British Colony in South America, and is written in the language of a young child whose life it is about. It tells of the harrowing and systematic abuse of this little girl by her grandmother while giving the reader a glimpse of the political and cultural climate of the country at the time.
Guyana is in a desperate economic crisis, which leads to food and energy rationing. This story picks up on the humorous aspects the child experiences while forced to spend hours in the food lines but it also unfolds the sadness and desperation, which is this young girl’s life.
Her uncle was a soldier in Jonestown, where more than nine hundred people committed a mass suicide, and even when he tells of the dead bodies he’s seen, she doesn’t mention the one she has. When she loses the one person in her life who cares for her and ‘saves her’ she knows in her heart that her life is about to end.