Virgin Islander Doris Carmona promotes debut work, “Lahd, Wha Tis Dis?”

From book launch at the Cup -n- Kettle Tea House on St. Thomas, USVI (Nov. 2016)

(Editor’s Note: Sadly, Doris Carmona passed from this realm in December 2018. We will miss her light, her joy and her insight. She fulfilled her dream of writing her book, and will always be a pathfinder to us.)

Doris Carmona is a U.S. Virgin Islands native born on the island of St. Thomas. She remembers the stories her mother and other family members would recall to her, and began to catalog the long-ago way of life when life was simpler, yet filled with its own set of complications. The result is her debut publication entitled “Lahd, Wha Tis Dis?”

Self-sufficiency was a requirement in an age where there was no social media, robust social programs or modern conveniences. Many worked the land, or provided manual labor through housekeeping, maintenance or working in the sugar mills.

The sacrifices made by many living on Tortola to travel to St. Thomas in search of more lucrative work often led to unexpected situations that tested one’s mettle and spirit. Written in a light and accessible style using the vernacular of the times, Carmona illuminates the indomitable will of families to work, pray, and survive together to create the future from which she is now able to pursue her own dreams.