Genevieve is the first story in the second half of the new edition of Dancing Nude; it is a previously unpublished story.
Groups of men idling on street corners are a feature of life in Genevieve’s Ottos, Antigua neighborhood.
“Wha, you feel you too good fu answer?”
“Ugly laka fowl batty.”
“Wid yuh red shenky self!”
“Ah colour one you hab.”
“Nose flat laka fritters.”
“Mout’ lang laka mule.”
Their words cut sharp. Genevieve is at that in-between age where parts of you are tender with change and words make you conscious of the hurt. The age is different for every girl but as true of girls on Genevieve’s island as girls anywhere. It’s the age the body you’ve lived in all your twelve or so years seems to change overnight.
In Genevieve’s world, the men who’ve always been there, propping up a corner, suddenly become a lusty phalanx, a collective troll she must negotiate to get from one side of the road to the other.
In Genevieve’s world, mothers grow watchful of their daughters in such times.
Other First Pages:
The Jungle Outside
Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure and (Spanish language edition Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe)
Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings
The Boy from Willow Bend