These stories range in setting from the Caribbean and the Guyanese Coast to the streets of London. Dreaming of return to family in Jamaica, the narrator of ``Eat Labba and Drink Greek Water'' observes, ``Whichever side of the Atlantic we are on, the dream is always on the other side.'' England is ``A Disguised Land'' where nothing is what it seems; in Jamaica, ``Everything is more visible . . . the gunmen, the politics, the sturdy, outspoken people.'' In the comic tale of Shakespeare McNab, politics mingle with folktale and legend. ``The Conversion of Millicent Vernon'' concerns the irony of superstition and its juxtaposition with religion. Of the three stories that verge on fantasy, ``You Left the Door Open'' is especially dark, menacing, and convincing. By turns vivid and elusive, fantastic and real, this collection evokes the transformative voice of a true storyteller.--Mary Soete, San Diego P.L.