A Drink Called Paradise (1978. Corr. 7th)

Therese Svoboda (Author) Terese Svoboda (Author)


Clare, an L.A. ad executive, wraps up a South Seas commercial for a soft drink called Paradise and decides to remain in the Pacific for a well-earned vacation. By virtue of a bureaucratic mix-up, she finds herself marooned on one of the Marshall Islands, site of United States nuclear testing from 1948 to 1958.

Barclay, an enigmatic islander, cannot tell Clare when the next boat is coming, nor will he unravel the disturbing mysteries that pervade this so-called paradise. Why is her hostess, Ngarima, indifferent to the intruder who attempts to rape Clare? Why does Ngarima's son brave the sea in a homemade boat in a desperate attempt to escape the island? Why do the native women swarm Harry, her fellow castaway? And what has happened to the eerily misshapen boy who inhabits the lagoon?

Stranded and spooked, Clare digs herself into the sand and stares out over the sea, desperately scanning the horizon for a ship. Finally, the island women -- Breasts for Three, Clam Hold, and Mouse Touch -- reveal terrifying secrets and a life force gone awry.

Product Details

Counterpoint LLC
Publish Date
April 02, 1999
5.23 X 0.65 X 7.8 inches | 0.54 pounds
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About the Author

Terese Svoboda has published nine books of prose and poetry, most recently Tin God, and her writing has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review. She lives in New York.