Dinah is a prostitute who lives with a Rastafarian fisherman on the Dungle, the rubbish heap where the very poorist squat. She refuses to accept his passivity and patriarchal attitudes and leaves him. But she is no more satisfied by the secure life she takes up with Alphanso, a dull police constable.
Orlando Patterson is a professor of sociology at Harvard University and the author of various works of nonfiction as well as the novels "An Absence of Ruins "and "Die the Long Day." His short stories and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals, and two of his short stories have been anthologized. He is the winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction for "Freedom and the Making of Western Culture." He holds honorary degrees from several universities, including the University of Chicago, UCLA, and La Trobe University in Australia, and was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica. He lives in Boston.