Island Author: Monique Roffey
For its detailed references to political history, and featuring as centerpiece the topic of island immigration, try reading The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, which is set in Trinidad before, during and after the time of its independence from colonial England.
The author shines her spotlight on a couple's immigrant perspectives, as the British man and French woman encounter dramatic island social and economic changes. It is easy to see, from reading this novel, how double-edged a sword being "rooted" might become.
This entertaining and absorbing read was long-listed for the 2010 Orange Prize, the U.K.'s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.