Essence & Folly

Twelve Short Stories

by Jorge David Awe



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/21/2011

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781462042272
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781462042289

About the Book

Set in and around a small town in modern-day Belize, Essence & Folly chronicles the lives of several poignant and comical residents from Santo Innocencio.

A humorous fishing story of revenge gone wrong entitled “Ole Gyal and Jackanapes” exposes some of the difficulties arising from the generation gap between a cantankerous Mayan grandmother and her “half-limey” grandson.

“The Voice over the Water” recounts Doña Elena’s days of interminable melancholy and loneliness following the death of her husband. Three months after her heartbreak, the widow finds herself at the edge of a cliff, confronting her own mortality.

“Don Gabriel Loco” is a madman serving out the final days of a twelve-year sentence for the botched execution of his ex-wife’s lover. While in jail, he records the colorful details of that bloody evening in a diary. Eventually, through deliberations with God, Shakespeare, and Diablo, he arrives at the decision that he must finish what he started—in six seconds flat—the moment he’s released.

Believing this is his best shot at a normal life, a lonely bachelor enlists the help of a mule to pursue the love and attention of his neighbor in “The Love Story of a Garbage Man.”

In “Leonid and the Mini-Commander,” a shopkeeper wonders whether his obsessions and compulsions are the result of prompts from a mini-commander hiding in a bunker lodged inside his head.

About the Author

JORGE DAVID AWE grew up in San Ignacio, Belize, a small town of mixed African and Latino culture; his experiences there influenced this collection. He holds a degree in economics from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Currently he lives in Montreal with his wife of twenty-two years and two teenage daughters. In this, his first short story collection, author Jorge Awe has crafted twelve portraits inspired by exceptional people.