Nonfiction from Gail Dottin

Photo: Glenn Carstens-Peters

The Checklist



The son of a builder of the Panamá Canal, Vivian M. Dottin raised his daughter Gail on vivid stories of black Canal Zone life. With humility and honor she’s sculpting his words into an oral history. It’ll be dedicated to her father whose absence is pain at her core every second.


  1. Sydney King says:

    This is powerful and sad and beautiful.

  2. Nicole Cole says:

    Love this list – so REAL, raw, true and relatable. Never would have thought about a checked list being literary – but very appropriately so.

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