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    • Thunderhead

    • City and town life
    • The author provides short insights into the lives of different people in the city at a time of social turbulence: Joie and Sam looks forward to Christmas together but tragedy intervenes; a seventeen year old boy furtively tries to seduce a girl...
    • Till the end of time

    • Man-woman relationships
    • Clive told her he wanted the beautiful black girl to be his model, but his wife doubted his intentions were that honourable. Accusing his wife of jealousy, Clive attempts to engage the services of the said beauty at the nightclub and this leads to...
    • The main bout

    • Boxing
    • The narrator recalls a dream he had of a boxing match between Busta the Bruiser who can take a lot of punishment and still stay on his feet, and Wills who packs a good wallop and displays fast foot-work. Both men fought hard, determined to win, but...
    • Barometer falling

    • Interpersonal relations; Women
    • The author gives a bird’s eye view of life among a variety of people on a given day and concludes with the story of Connie whose dog had bitten her friend’s child. Every day Connie feared the child’s mother would confront her with a medical bill,...
    • Christmas Eve

    • Christmas stories; City and town life; Rural life; Interpersonal relations; loss
    • Christmas Eve is usually a time of food, laughter and good cheer, but for some like Connie, there is little cause to celebrate. In the country, she listens to her family’s chatter as they express their wishes for a better new year. Mass Jim talks...
    • Night shudders over all

    • Man-woman relationship; Marriage; Infidelity
    • Night time seems to bring to fore all sorts of events and behavior as people reach out for life or try to make sense of it. The author presents some examples, including: the wife who suspects her artist husband of philandering with his latest...
    • Hot water

    • City and urban life; Interpersonal relations
    • A variety of scenes from city life: a vagrant arrested for loitering sentenced in court the next day; three mischievous boys playing on the beach; a man courting a somewhat reluctant nursemaid; an attempted blackmail that goes awry; a pregnant...
    • Start of something again

    • Man-woman relationship; Interpersonal relations; Hurricanes
    • Duckett and Silver meet regularly at their favourite restaurant to talk about art and politics as the city grows restless in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane. During this time, Silver is flirting dangerously with a married woman right...
    • Storm Warning

    • Hurricanes
    • A hurricane is approaching and already the heavy rains are causing physical destruction and severe hardship for the people. For example, Silver has a terrible toothache and because of the storm he is unable to get to the dentist; Pinkie, desperate...
    • The Talisman

    • Love; Man-woman relationship
    • He decided that the wonderful almost mystical bonding between them as lovers had to be broken, and to him fell the unpleasant task. He felt that he had given his all to the affair while to her it was not serious but something she could set aside...
    • The Inheritance

    • Death; Brothers
    • The elder brother knew he was dying but he had one score to settle first before departing this world. He and his brother had jointly inherited their father’s property but somehow this sharing between them had extended to his mistress who had also...
    • Ed is coming home

    • Marriage; Man-woman relationship
    • Joie keeps her husband fully informed about their neighbour who has a husband in New York and is left in Jamaica to cope with two small children. Joie feels sorry for her, but Sam less so as he notices the regular visits to their neighbour of a man...
    • World's End

    • Death; Loss; Fathers and sons
    • The old man’s world seems to have come to an end with the death of his donkey, his only means of making a living. As he and his son inform the regular customers on his donkey cart route, a few show sympathy but most appear indifferent. Only when he...

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