Easy in the Islands

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

* Winner of the National Book Award

Reggae bars, luxury yachts, and ramshackle fishing boats form the backdrop to this American Book Award winner.

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What People Are Saying

Robert Stone
Stories in Easy in the Islands are well observed, witty, the work of a sure hand.
Barry Hannah
If there's a better writer in the States...I ain't found him. The boy should not only be given all the prizes, but the moon over Barbados itself.
John Irving
Stories have an unselfconscious narrative momentum -- a linear drive toward an ending -- that I associate it with the easy ways of an old master....I think this boy's been writing since he was a baby.
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Meet the Author


A contributing editor for Outside and Harper’s, Bob Shacochis has been a GQ columnist and writer for numerous other national publications. He is also the author of the novel, Swimming in the Volcano, a work of literary reportage about Haiti, The Immaculate Invasion, a second collection of stories, The Next New World, and a collection of essays on food and love, Domesticity. He lives in Florida and New Mexico.
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Table of Contents

Easy in the Islands 1
Dead Reckoning 28
Lord Short Shoe Wants the Monkey 53
The Heart's Advantage 72
Redemption Songs 102
Hot Day on the Gold Coast 128
The Pelican 155
Hunger 172
Mundo's Sign 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Master writer at his best. Sharp, witty and full of literary fu

    Master writer at his best. Sharp, witty and full of literary fun.

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