The Elders assemble, Sorcerers, Witch Doctors, Brouhas, Midwives armed with machetes, scalpels, magnifying glass, tweezers.

“What can I say? I’ve always had a thing for musicians. But he was in a different league. His voice had a quality I’d only heard in two other people — Judy Garland and Maria Callas. It made me want to cry...

On the first morning, Carter got to the restaurant before 7. Up with the chickens. She sat at one of the few tables out in the gazebo, close to the ocean.

(Part Two) The days were blue green, benign. The next time that Carter and Vicky were alone, they lay draped in towels about the padded seats on the motorboat they’d finally rented.