A woman reading Isaac Bashevis Singer meets a sexy coconut vendor at a beachside resort. Another, immersed in The Mediterranean by Fernand Braudel, promises to sleep with an exotic suitor if he can make her truly laugh. In each of the brief, enigmatic stories, a woman encounters a different man under the shadow of a book she is reading. Heloisa Pait teaches at São Paulo State University in Brazil, where she researches media and culture. She received the Guimarães Rosa Award for her collection of short stories Unspoken Words.