Tales of thwarted desires, repressed passions and betrayals evoke a troubled Caribbean paradise. The legacy of a cruel history haunts this new world society. Individuals are consumed by their own emotions and confused by the shifting ground of their own cultures. With a blend of pathos and ironic humor, Lawrence Scott describes life in this fallen Eden, where both the melancholy and the extravagant play their part.
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He longed to reach out and touch it and pass the satin ribbons through his fingers.'' Even the corruption of the ``Yankee dollar'' becomes lyrical in the title story of a young man who ``lost his James Dean rebel smile.'' In an effort to do more than simply tell a story, Scott gets so descriptive...| Read Full Review of Ballad for the New World and ...