A Biographical Novel by Robert Picart

Dive into the magnetic debut novel, Goddie, as Robert Picart takes you on the triumphant journey of a young Jamaican girl as she navigates the loss of her parents, poverty, and the rediscovery of her courage and purpose.

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“Yes, the morning breeze was a false friend. For one little girl named Goddie, the August breeze of 1945 would never feel the same again.”

In Robert Picart’s debut novel Goddie, we read the story of Goddie, a young girl born in the mid-1900s in the picturesque Blue Mountains of Jamaica. With the sudden loss of both parents, Goddie finds herself indentured to strangers in order to pay for school. Heartbroken, weary and alone, she forms a plan to escape to Great Britain as the Windrush movement escalates.

Will Goddie be able to escape the depths of betrayal for good and start over again? Will she succumb to despair? Or will she find the strength to find her place in a new and turbulent world?

Meet the Author

While growing up in Toronto, Canada, Robert Picart’s affinity for culture, music, and good company was birthed. As a business consultant, former missionary, and world traveller, Picart is forever an observer and storyteller. What began as a personal project to learn about his mother’s life and Jamaican heritage quickly evolved into his debut novel, Goddie, celebrating the trials and tribulations of an immigrant’s journey and what it means to start over from the middle.

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Published by

New Degree Press

First Edition



Robert Picart

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Cover art by

SirIsrael Azariah King


Cover design by

Bojana Gigovska




266 pages

Item weight

313 g


13.97 x 1.52 x 21.59 cm

Library of Congress
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978-1-63730-431-0 Paperback

978-1-63730-519-5 Kindle Ebook

978-1-63730-520-1 Ebook

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