Bay of Souls by Robert Stone
A Novel

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A new novel from an American master, Bay of Souls is a gripping tale of romantic obsession set against the backdrop of an island revolution. Michael Ahearn is a midwestern English professor who abandons his comfortable life when he becomes obsessed with a new colleague from the Caribbean, Lara Purcell. When Lara claims a vodoun spirit has taken possession of her soul, Michael follows her to her native St. Trinity, only to find himself in a whirlpool of Third World corruption. A finely wrought tale of one man’s moral dissolution, Bay of Souls showcases Robert Stone at his most provocative and psychologically acute.

About Robert Stone

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ROBERT STONE is the acclaimed author of seven novels and two story collections, including Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award, and Bear and His Daughter, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2006.
Published June 2, 2004 by Mariner Books. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Faulknerian intensity and a narrative economy reminiscent of Hemingway distinguish Stone's bloodcurdling seventh outing (Damascus Gate, 1998, etc.), a tale that charts a midwestern college professor's compulsive path toward self-destruction.

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Ahearn's comments on an uncritical student report on "The Red Badge of Courage" goes to the central theme of many of Stone's books.

Apr 26 2003 | Read Full Review of Bay of Souls: A Novel

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BAY OF SOULS is the seventh --- and shortest --- book Robert Stone.

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Robert Stone casually introduces us to a refined Argentinian in Bay of Souls who seems to be a government official.

Jun 19 2010 | Read Full Review of Bay of Souls: A Novel

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