Bay of Souls: A Novel

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From a National Book Award–winning author: An obsessive love leads a man into a spiral of corruption and crime in a novel “as frightening as it is hypnotic” (Booklist).

Michael Ahearn, a professor at a rural Midwestern college, has a wife and son and a good life that doesn’t quite satisfy him. Then he becomes obsessed with a new faculty member at his school: Lara Purcell. An expert in Third World politics, Lara is seductive, dangerous—and in thrall, she claims, to a voodoo spirit who’s taken possession of her soul.
 
Impassioned and determined, Michael pursues Lara to her native island of St. Trinity, heedless of the political upheaval there. Together they desperately attempt to reclaim all that she’s lost. But as Lara sacrifices herself to ritual and superstition, Michael’s caught up in a high-stakes smuggling scheme—and in his feverish mental state, the world becomes an ever-shifting phantasmagoria. He is, himself, possessed.
 
From the New York Times–bestselling author of Dog Soldiers and Damascus Gate, Bay of Souls is a twisting psychological thriller about diplomats and covert operatives, idealists and opportunists, a story of an American embroiled in foreign corruption—and the labyrinthine depths of his own mind.
 
“Stone depicts the internal savaging of his hero’s mind with chilling precision, and his evocation of Central America in turmoil deserves comparison with Graham Greene.” —Booklist
 
“A stunning work, a profound and profoundly moving meditation tethered to a runaway train . . . Bay of Souls is a triumph.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
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About the author

Robert Stone (1937–2015) was the acclaimed author of eight 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 2007.
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HMH
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Published on
Jun 2, 2004
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780547526768
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
Fiction / Thrillers / Political
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
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From a National Book Award winner, “a volume of short stories that belongs alongside Raymond Carver . . . brilliant, moving, often gloriously funny” (The San Francisco Chronicle).

Spanning nearly thirty years in the career of the New York Times–bestselling author of Dog Soldiers, the stories collected here explore, acutely and powerfully, the humanity that unites us.
 
In “Miserere,” a widowed librarian with an unspeakable secret undertakes an unusual and grisly role in the anti-abortion crusade. In his classic story “Helping,” the author examines a moment of climactic confrontation in the life of Elliot, a therapist beset by his own demons. “Under the Pitons” is the harrowing story of a reluctant participant in a drug-running scheme and the grim and unexpected consequences of his involvement. The title story is a riveting account of the tangled lines that weave the relationship of a father and his grown daughter.
 
In these stories, Robert Stone’s characters tug at the edges of experience, laying bare the truths that keep us alive.
 
“Stone, one of contemporary fiction’s big talents, probes his characters to the existential core. At stake in these dazzling stories is nothing less than his characters’ souls.” —People
 
“The landscapes of drug addiction and war and its aftermath are depicted with rueful wit and furious intensity in these seven strongly imagined tales. . . . Combining Hemingway-like vigor with Kafkaesque despair . . . Stone has few contemporary peers, and no superiors.” —Kirkus Reviews
From a National Book Award winner, “a volume of short stories that belongs alongside Raymond Carver . . . brilliant, moving, often gloriously funny” (The San Francisco Chronicle).

Spanning nearly thirty years in the career of the New York Times–bestselling author of Dog Soldiers, the stories collected here explore, acutely and powerfully, the humanity that unites us.
 
In “Miserere,” a widowed librarian with an unspeakable secret undertakes an unusual and grisly role in the anti-abortion crusade. In his classic story “Helping,” the author examines a moment of climactic confrontation in the life of Elliot, a therapist beset by his own demons. “Under the Pitons” is the harrowing story of a reluctant participant in a drug-running scheme and the grim and unexpected consequences of his involvement. The title story is a riveting account of the tangled lines that weave the relationship of a father and his grown daughter.
 
In these stories, Robert Stone’s characters tug at the edges of experience, laying bare the truths that keep us alive.
 
“Stone, one of contemporary fiction’s big talents, probes his characters to the existential core. At stake in these dazzling stories is nothing less than his characters’ souls.” —People
 
“The landscapes of drug addiction and war and its aftermath are depicted with rueful wit and furious intensity in these seven strongly imagined tales. . . . Combining Hemingway-like vigor with Kafkaesque despair . . . Stone has few contemporary peers, and no superiors.” —Kirkus Reviews
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