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The Final Passage

A haunting work about "the final passage"—the exodus of black West Indians from their impoverished islands to the uncertain opportunities of England.

In her village of St. Patrick's, Leila Preston has no prospects, a young son, and a husband, Michael, who seems to prefer the company of his mistress. So when her ailing mother travels to England for medical care, Leila decides to follow her. The Final Passage follows the Prestons' outward voyage—and their bewildered attempt to find a home in a country whose rooming houses post signs announcing "No vacancies for coloureds"—a portrait of hope and dislocation.