Dog Island

A True Caribbean Tale

by Patricia McCroy



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/1/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9781412072274

About the Book

This novella is about a few years in the life of a woman continually discovering the new. Loving change and adventure, she's already had more adventures than most people. She admires Sir Richard Frances Burton, an African explorer, and Edmund Hilary, the mountain climber. Both had ideal, if difficult, lives.

She had a very taxing and boring career and decided to devote more of her time to scuba diving, the sport that was like yoga for others. She meets a diver who helps her relocate to an exotic island in the Caribbean, but that particular change proves to be disappointing. She hopes to work, be a part of a close-knit ex-patriot community, have a husband, pursue further certifications, and earn a living by diving. Is this too much?

She finds a lying, but handsome and forceful, man. There is political infighting about sea turtle habitats and new eco-tours, as well as dope using beyond the functional level. Dive shop owners stingily pay their dive masters or instructors, if at all. The native people of the island can't forget their slavery past. She feels the pinch of always being in a Diaspora. Although she moved, she has a few remaining precious household items on this island; will she be able to get them out before she goes into debt and her boyfriend implodes?

About the Author

The authoress was born in Anchorage, Alaska. She lived in California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She received a B.A in Anthropology, an M.S. in Biology and a M.S.W. in Social Work. She became a certified scuba diver as well as built her own house from the ground up in Pennsylvania. She worked for the US government for 12 years but worked with private companies and universities for the majority of her life. Some of her interests are in archeology, diving, photography and ecological issues. She likes to read biographies and historical accounts.