Sharing A Fly Wing: A Memoir of Growing Up on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands By Hildegarde Flax-Shaw

Category: Memoir , Caribbean & Latin American Literature

About Sharing A Fly Wing: A Memoir of Growing Up on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

In her writing debut, Sharing A Fly Wing, the author aims to capture the imagination of her readers by drawing them back into the idyllic days of her childhood, by having them walk unpaved, moonlit roads with her and perhaps sit in class with her in a dilapidated one-room schoolhouse.

Sharing A Fly Wing tells the story, through her childhood memories, of her life as a young girl on an undeveloped island. She reminisces about the bonds of family and friends and of her mother’s lifelong lesson to share everything, even if it were as small as a “fly wing.” In describing the homegrown, home-cooked cuisine of her young life, one senses her nostalgia and can almost taste the many culinary delights which she savored with every meal.

Her “Utopian” life was punctuated with the loss of three of her siblings on whose graves she put flowers every Sunday morning, although she was too young to understand the significance of their deaths.
It was on this little island, where everyone knew each other, where everyone paused to say, “good morning” or “good afternoon,” that she grew up poor, in a close-knit family. It was here that her strength of character was molded, and her appreciation of life was born. She views Sharing A Fly Wing as a tribute to her mother’s grace, patience, and teachings during her formative years.

Praises About This book


Simply captivating!

Kelly Riley - Amazon Review


Remembering simpler times...

Gayle Johnson - Amazon Reviewer

ABOUT Hildegarde Flax-Shaw

Hildegarde was born on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and relocated as a teenager to New York to pursue her education. She is a Registered Nurse whose nursing career has been her life’s passion. 

She is a mother to two children of her own and one stepson, grandmother to seven and great grandmother to three.

Hilde’s other passion in which she frequently indulges is traveling and she has traveled extensively to different parts of the world. She loves the sophisticated culture of Australia and adores Costa Rica for its significant similarity to Virgin Gorda. She appreciates the relaxed lifestyle and friendly people of Finland as well as the vibrant nature of Spain, its cuisine and its people. 

When she is not traveling, she enjoys reading, writing, street fairs, Art Walks, and Afternoon Tea with close friends. She lives in Southern California with her beautiful Rottweiler, Duchess. 


Published by Hildegarde C Flax-Shaw

Release Date: November 12, 2021

Pages: 228 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736325914

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736325919