Books: Paradise Lost Easy in the Islands

by Bob Shacochis Crown; 213 pages; $13.95

It happens every winter. When the winds howl and the snow drifts, TV screens across the U.S. bloom with images of swaying palms, emerald waters and undulating swimsuits. The islands beckon; come to the Caribbean. Not everyone has the time or money to heed the call, but stay-at-homes this year may console themselves with this collection of nine stories. In his first book, Author Bob Shacochis not only offers some beguiling tropical tours, he also shows how living in Eden can be considerably harder than jetting into and out of it.

The hero of the title story, for example, has nothing...

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