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Two Portraits By Dan Carroll
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Is a verbal portrait a valid concept? If so, these pages contain two vastly different portraits- one of a dying drunk, another of an 18-month-old child. The preface makes it clear these are not... More > stories. The first portrait is drawn within an old farmhouse. The second portrait is drawn with an amusement park in the background. Like traditional portraits, these two verbal portraits may be analyzed from various angles. But, ultimately, the viewer is seeing the portrait painter himself. "Every man's work," said the novelist, Samuel Butler, "whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else is always a portrait of himself."< Less
Slum: A Romantic Adventure By Dan Carroll
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THE SLUM TRILOGY, BOOK ONE is not a typical boy-meets-girl love story. Their situation is impossible. Robert is a sophisticated executive in New York City. Julianna is a former stripper living in a... More > slum on a Caribbean island. Besides, he already has a girlfriend and is not looking for someone else- especially not a married ex-stripper from a far-away Caribbean slum! But as fate would have it, a dying six-year-old girl is the force which throws them together into a passionate entanglement which transforms both of them. An intoxicating love story? A tale of hope for a dying child? An inspiring moral drama? It's all rolled into this fast moving page turner.< Less
Slum Fever: To America and Back By Dan Carroll
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THE SLUM TRILOGY, BOOK THREE Eight people narrowly escape death on a revolutionary island by fleeing to America in a small plane. One person, though, is intentionally left behind because he had... More > naively thought he wanted to be part of the revolution. But he was wrong. Sergeant Gabino realized too late that he should’ve been on the escape plane with the others, as his life as a soldier became in peril due to his crazy, neurotic general. As Robbie, Julianna, baby Vic, Alba, Mama, Natalia, Lucita, and Chris try to adjust to America (some successfully, others disastrously), a communication blockade sets in. They could no longer talk with Gabino, whom they last knew as desperately wanting to get away from his neurotic general, fearing for his life. A rescue of Gabino is impossible because the revolution raged. But when a dangerous, long-shot chance presents itself, Robbie fearfully returns to the island to see if he could locate the naïve soldier, Gabino, and bring him to America to join the people he loved.< Less
Slum Song: Disaster in the Wind By Dan Carroll
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THE SLUM TRILOGY, BOOK TWO “Life turns on a dime,” Robbie says in the final paragraphs of Book One—and the pages of Book Two fulfill his clichéd statement in ways he never... More > could’ve foreseen. Little did they know they’d be dealing with the cold blooded murder of one of Julianna’s employees, the fiery death of her brother, fear and hunger, and Julianna’s near rape, as the island is thrown into turmoil. As Robbie’s headquarters and Julianna’s General Store become engulfed in flames, and the entire slum finds itself in a state of panic, Robbie must confront the reality of an island convulsed in unexpected upheaval, while at the same time support and comfort Julianna who struggles to bring life into a world that knows only death. Love, passion, and hope drive Slum Song: Disaster in the Wind—a fast-paced adventure which takes twists and turns to the point where Robbie and Julianna have difficulty holding onto the life they’ve built, but a life which thrusts them into a new beginning.< Less
Slum Roots: Julianna and Other Short Stories By Dan Carroll
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Julianna, the lead story in this collection of short stories, is the seed of Dan Carroll’s Slum novels—the award winning Slum, and the sequel, Slum Song. The short story, Julianna, was... More > originally thrown onto the “scrap heap” as Dan explains in the Preface, but because of the potential of its characters— Julianna, Alba, Robert, and Donna—the story had been reevaluated and the characters reappear in the novels. Presented in this book are ‘stories of passion.’ In addition to Julianna, a story of impassioned love between Robert and Julianna, Caresse exemplifies the passion of lust, Holding Hands the passion of infatuation, Purge the passion of fury, and Christmas Tears the passion of a young girl struggling to become her own person. Many of Dan’s short stories are the result of his global adventures which have ranged from the Middle East to the Czech Republic to countries of the Caribbean and Central America. Stories in this collection reflect some of those journeys.< Less