A novel about a deaf and unemployed man who searches for his own redemption, fleeing to The Cayman Islands.
There are an estimated seventy million deaf people in the world and no clear statistics to show how many have jobs and how many are unemployed. My name is Kaman Colioni. I am deaf and currently unemployed. I have set my sights on the beautiful Cayman Islands with all intentions to hustle and find a job.
Twenty-five year old deaf college graduate Kaman Colioni’s life is on the downslide. The only girl he has ever loved, India Weinberger is now ex-girlfriend, leaving him heartbroken. He couldn’t find a job much less get his foot through the door for an interview. To top it off, Om-7, his hearing device is malfunctioning making him hear things that’s sending his brain into overdrive.
When a mysterious fan of his popular deaf blog offers him a ticket to the Cayman Islands, he grabs the opportunity to hustle down a job. His arrival in this Caribbean Paradise coincides with the appointment of a new governor. Here, Kaman finds his life taking a 360 degree spin. Within a weekend, he gets rolled, losing his money and identification, runs into his ex-psychotherapist who lures him into writing a memoir about being deaf, unwittingly stumbles into a stash of gold in a tropical underwater rainforest and is set up for possession of illegal substances which lands him in prison. During his incarceration, he learns that the gold was in fact, a billionaire’s secret game and ensconced within the loot was a Brazilian tourmaline rumoured to be a rare, rainbow colored chakra stone that’s worth millions.
Bailed out from prison by his conniving ex-psychotherapist who steals his Om-7, his hearing device, the unsuspecting Kaman struggles for survival as he is drawn into a world of scandals, felonious affairs and intrigue where his life and that of the governor becomes intermeshed. Who can a deaf man trust?
Devi Di Guida was born in Guyana. She studied French as a second language at McGill University and Creative Writing and Journalism at Concordia University. For the past fifteen years she has worked as a technical writer. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her Italian husband Giuseppe and their three children.
While vacationing in The Cayman Islands, she met a 25-year old deaf college student on a beach who was studying neuroscience. This, and her deaf sister influenced her into writing The Cayman Hustle with a deaf protagonist. Currently, she is working on her next novel titled The Chakra Stone.
“I have drawn from my own life in writing The Cayman Hustle. Thus, the main themes are multi-culturalism and the deaf community. All the characters in this novel introduces the reader to a different culture.”
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