Fiction. Latinx Studies. Women's Studies. What do a corpse, a painter, two smugglers, a clever ghost, a green parrot, a fashion show, and a bank robbery have in common? Set in present-day Central America, a talkative parrot witnesses a crime; friendly spirits chaperone, shape, and direct their fellow characters in criminal pursuits, in romantic liaisons, and in business endeavours, allowing them to make amends, and to right some of the wrongs of history through actions reminiscent of legendary Robin Hood. Simon Patrick, an artist, re-locates in Costa Rica. He inherits a parrot, Don Verde, once a drug mule for Marco Alvarez who has left behind the body of his wife, Isabella, in the well. But this is not a run-of-the-mill smuggler, nor is Isabella a passive ghost. What follows is a terrific tale of friendship, thievery, haunting, and finally redemption.
Ruth Clarke's debut novel is WHAT GOES AROUND (Inanna Publications, 2019). She is the author of five nonfiction books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies, and she has had articles published in daily and weekly newspapers and magazines. A veteran of the Canadian writing and publishing industry, she has worked for the Writers' Union of Canada and the Canada Council, co- founded Cannon Book Distribution Ltd., and founded a writers' colony. Then, she started to write for a living. Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN