1983 US Intervention in Grenada Leads To Novel

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Florida writer Ron Frazer found inspiration on a Caribbean island. His new novel, "A Handful of Seawater," tells the inspiring story of an orphan's search for family and fulfillment.

In the spring of 1984 barbed wire was still stretched along the white sand beaches on the small island of Grenada where the US had driven out the Marxist faction that had slaughtered the moderate socialist government. Ron Frazer was there to teach secondary school, replacing the Cuban and East German teachers who had fled the island. The experience of teaching these children, the poorest of the poor, has haunted him since he left the island in 1988.

A Handful of Seawater, a novel published through the online content marketplace, Lulu.com, tells the story of Morgan, one of Frazer's students, who overcame appalling circumstances to achieve personal success. It's a story of sex, drugs and Reggae, but also about personal growth and fulfillment under the Zen-like guidance of an old fisherman.

When Frazer's mother died in 2002, a story started coming together, first as short stories about the orphaned Morgan then the stories started to merge into a book. Over a period of seven years the themes of Frazer's relationship with his own mother became woven through the fictional story of Morgan's search for love and family.

The book celebrates many of the people that Frazer met while on the island, the old men who taught him the customs of the island and the women who did the useful work while men put on a show of running the island. It also celebrates the old island culture and contrasts it with the newer culture that developed after the island became independent from Britain in 1967.

A Handful of Seawater is available as a paperback or eBook from Lulu.com. It is available from Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions. It is available through special order from all booksellers. See http://www.ronfrazer.com.

Ron Frazer is a first-time novelist who lives near a white sand beach in Florida's panhandle. His short stories that later became A Handful of Seawater have been published in The African American Review, Sandscript, and The Blackwater Review. He's currently working on a series of detective novels set in the Caribbean.


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