Bar Beach Diary

Bar Beach Diary

by Patricia Lee Sharpe
Bar Beach Diary

Bar Beach Diary

by Patricia Lee Sharpe


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Some boldly, some timidly, the women in Bar Beach Diary take stock of their lives, then break the rules, exposing themselves to unfamiliar settings that challenge them further. Adventures may turn into misadventures, but potential is unleashed. Lives are changed.

Sharpe performs magic here. She gives us a witty, stylish collection with plenty of heart, too. A disillusioned young diplomat finds solace on Bar Beach, which turns out to be more dangerous and more seductive than her embassy colleagues imagine. A visiting scholar is kidnapped by rebels in West Bengal. A purse snatching in Seville turns a honeymoon into a nightmare. Transgressive love promises liberation to a Javanese who may be tripped up by her own mortality. Nigeria's vibrant culture tests a successful diplomat's complacency. Hiking in Ladakh taxes a trekker's body and ego, but quitting has its own compensations. A weird baptism in wintery Soviet Moscow ignites repressed creativity.

These are rousing good tales in which things are never as simple as they look and certainty is never the case. What Sharpe has done here is to perform a bit of magic: reader-friendly stories proving that post-modernism doesn't have to be obscure or snooty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481292795
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/11/2013
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

As journalist/academic/foreign service officer, Pat Sharpe has lived, worked or traveled extensively in all these countries. She has also published three collections of poetry: "A Partial Rainbow Makes No Sense," "Baraka: The Indus Valley Poems" and "The Danger is Seduction." She was principal translator for "Four Walls and A Black Veil," a collection by Pakistani poet Fahmida Riaz. "Driving under the Influence: Two Novellas and a Short Story, will appear shortly.
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