"Kempadoo draws her characters and settings with such vivid strokes that her language leaps off the page . . . Her words create an infectious riot of rhythm and color."
--Jerome Boyd Maunsell, The Times (London)
"Kempadoo is extraordinary . . . her powerful novel about an ill-starred menage-a-trois--set as it is against a backdrop of devestating natural beauty and overwhelming material poverty and written with an incantatory lyricism--represents one of the finest attempts to come to terms with the emotional faultlines and historical complexities of contemporary Caribbean society. Tide Running’s elemental resonance could easily qualify it as myth if it were not for the unsparing realism of its vision. Here is The Tempest once again but instead of Caliban, Ariel and Prospero we have Cliff, Peter and Bella, drawn together and ultimately torn apart by the shipwreck of history.
Kempadoo is the bright young star of Caribbean letters. Like Braithwaite, like Rhys, like Cliff, like Senior, like Lovelace, like Marshall, like Danticat, like Sención: Kempadoo breaks old stories, makes them anew."
--Junot Díaz, author of Drown
"Oonya Kempadoo is a lyrical poet hiding in a novelist's form. Tide Running puts most other books to shame with its illustrative details and inventive language. This story is the war of two worlds. The kind of writing you want to tell your friends about. Smart, powerful and a real pleasure."
--Victor LaValle, author of The Ecstatic