Synopses & Reviews
A calypso bandleader, Lord Short Shoe, schemes with a sexy black singer to bilk an American out of his pride and his companion monkey. Two poor islanders stumble in a violent encounter that might just escalate into revolution. And an entire island bureaucracy casually confounds the attempts of a hotel owner to get his dead mother out of the freezer. Infused with the rhythms and the beat of the Caribbean, these vivid tales of paradise sought and paradise lost are as lush, steamy, and invigorating as the islands themselves.
About the Author
Bob Shacochis's first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won a National Book Award; his second, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel, Swimming in the Volcano, was a finalist for a 1993 National Book Award. Currently a contributing editor for Outside and Harper's, he has been a GQ columnist and writer for numerous other national publications. He lives in Florida.
Table of Contents
Easy in the islands -- Dead reckoning -- Lord Short Shoe wants the monkey -- The heart's advantage -- Redemption songs -- Hot days on the Gold Coast -- The pelican -- Hunger -- Mundo's sign.