We gave it a B
On an imaginary Caribbean island in 1942, precocious teen Estrella Thompson is banished from her poor coastal village in Colin Channer’s The Girl With the Golden Shoes. She heads for the island’s capital to find a job and later move to Europe. But the barefoot bumpkin first must scrounge up money for decent shoes, leading her on a journey of self-discovery. Channer’s physical descriptions (Estrella’s ”smoky joy, a kind of bluesy satisfaction” while sunning on a remote river- bed) capture the mellow hum of Caribbean life. Yet the obstacles Estrella encounters (thieves and sex-starved truck drivers) are too cliché to elicit much sympathy.