The Stories

THE SHELL COLLECTOR by ANTHONY DOERR
Set on the shores of Kenya, this unforgettable story is about a blind hermit whose esoteric knowledge of seashells leads to a crisis at once miraculous and deadly.

THE BOY WHO TALKED WITH ANIMALS by ROALD DAHL
In “The Boy Who Talked with Animals,” The narrator witnesses a strange scene on a Jamaica beach, where a little boy risks his life to save an ancient sea turtle. From the collection The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar, this simple tale celebrates the determination of children and the power of imagination.

LIVE LIFE KING-SIZED by HESTER KAPLAN
Kaplan has said that a brochure for a tropical resort inspired her to write this story, a luminescent tale of inheritance and sacrifice.

THE COVE by GINA BERRIAULT
In “The Cove,” a realtor sells an idyllic seaside home to a young, golden family, but fails to disclose the danger haunting its shores.

THE ROYAL PALMS by MATTHEW KLAM
In the mordantly humorous “The Royal Palms,” the disappointments of a foundering marriage are played out against the backdrop of a Caribbean paradise.

THE HANDSOMEST DROWNED MAN IN THE WORLD by GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ
In this fantastical tale, the inhabitants of a tiny South American fishing village attempt to unravel the mystery of a stranger’s death, and in doing so come to imagine a better life for themselves.

UNDER THE PITONS by ROBERT STONE
Like his award-winning novel Dog Soldiers, this story traces the course of an ill-fated drug smuggling scheme. Against a backdrop of sparkling Caribbean seas, an oddly matched trio attempts to make that one, elusive big score, only to find that God, truly, is in the details.

THE OCEAN by FREDERICK REIKEN
In “The Ocean,” an adolescent boy and his marine biologist father spend the summer on the Caribbean island of St. John, where, among mangrove swamps and coral reefs, they both must face fears, love, and loss.

THE HOTEL by ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER
This gently comic portrait of Jewish émigrés in doctor-mandated retirement shows that Miami Beach may not be everyone’s idea of paradise on earth.

AIR MAIL by JEFFREY EUGENIDES
Universal consciousness or a really bad case of dysentery? Eugenides threads the needle in this alternately hilarious and haunting portrait of a young American traveler who takes up residence in a Thailand beach shack.




The Beach Book
Melcher Media (Editor)
$16.95


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