From the national bestselling author of Waiting in Vain and Satisfy My Soul comes a sexy, witty collection of connected stories set on San Carlos, a tiny island with an old volcano in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning the early 1900s up to modern times, the stories trace the intersecting lives of travelers, expatriates, and local folks in ways that shock, illuminate, and reveal.From the national bestselling author of Waiting in Vain and Satisfy My Soul comes a sexy, witty collection of connected stories set on San Carlos, a tiny island with an old volcano in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning the early 1900s up to modern times, the stories trace the intersecting lives of travelers, expatriates, and local folks in ways that shock, illuminate, and reveal. From the American photographer who finds her world disturbed by new forms of love and lust, to a charismatic priest confronted by the earthly perks of fame and stardom, the diverse mix of characters are united by the universal search for love and understanding—a challenge on an island simmering with issues of politics, power, and race.Written with poetic grace and titillating candor, each story shines against its own tableau—World War II, the rise of Fidel Castro, Mt. Pelée devastating Martinique, import-export trading, Bob Marley in the days before his music echoed all around the world. As men and women fall in love, marry and remarry, face moral conflicts and new identities, the volcano sees it all. From plantation days to the roots of revolution, it is a silent witness to the turbulent century that engulfs this tiny island of eternal humor, passion, and allure....
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Passing Through Reviews
I don't think that I would have ever read this book if not a book club required reading. Although I must say I was intrigued to see how the short stories would entwine, and what a good entwining it was. The downside to the book for me was the wordiness about nothing. I would have finished the book in half the time it took me if not for the unnecessary wordiness. Would I recommend it to someone else? Yes, but not just anyone, would have to be someone who likes to talk a lot cause I got the feeling the author must be a talker to write so many words where a few would have done nicely. I loved the initial letter to the editor, that was worth the entire book!
I enjoyed this book of short stories. I liked the way the stories were intertwined along the various family trees. I wanted to know more about a couple of characters, like Rebecca's son. I wanted to see more of Estrella's love triangle. I wasn't as interested in the last two stories about the last generation. They weren't as thoughtful as the earlier stories.
Not as well written as I expected. It didn't give me a strong sense of setting and place as I hoped. The characters all seemed to be pretty much the same person with a different name. All the men and all the women seemed carbon copies of each other.