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The New World by Robert Paxton

The New World

by Robert Paxton

140 pages
An American seeks a new life in Central America.

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Category: Fiction:Drama
About the Book
For centuries people have come to the New World seeking to start a new life. Many have seen this as an attempt to return to Eden, to a life unburdened by guilt and sin. People could leave their past behind, whether it was the drudgery of work, poverty, fear of religious persecution or the crimes that earned them their unwished for journey.

Paul Herlihy, an American Catholic who has recently left the Dominican seminary, attempts to start a new life in Central America, emulating, in a way, the pilgrims of the past. Upon arrival he attempts to start a new life as a teacher of English. He also considers starting a new outlook on life, maybe even a new morality.

He quickly discovers that there is no garden of innocence, though Honduras is green and fresh, with a population only recently urbanized. Paul sinks into a quagmire of his own making, unable to distinguish good from bad, unable to determine what is sin and what is not. He has an affair with another man's wife, and begins to come dangerously close to a student who is far too young.

On a trip into the mountains with a friend, he attends mass almost by accident and vows to change his ways. Once back in the city, though, he is helpless to stop the descent into an abyss of sex and violence.



About the Author
Robert Paxton was born in 1972. After getting his degree at the U of A in Tucson he worked with the homeless as a volunteer in El Paso and Mexico. He worked in Honduras where he lived with his family. They now live in Arizona.



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