Matthew was looking at her; saw it all and then saw more, as he now detached himself from the problem at hand, and was susceptible to other sensations that forced themselves on him. He was surprised at what he saw and felt.
You would not look at her twice; her face missed that arresting quality that would make you turn and look and wonder. It had a hidden angularity that didn’t strike you as sharp, subdued as it was by an undefined softness, blending the suspected sharp outlines into a canvas done in broad strokes, suggesting beauty, where the eyes saw a pleasant, but nondescript face.
Her color had that ripeness that only a mulatto woman has, like the bursting skin of a mispel fruit, radiating sun drenched ripeness with a promise of succulent generosity.
It was the wide mouth with full lips, covering average sized teeth, somewhat irregularly shaped, that caught your attention and which suggested a generous character and easy laughter. Only when the mouth and the lips and the sensuous promise they held were firmly established, did you realize the contrast in the eyes. There was a tension there, as if she tried to hide an unknown pain, which clouded the natural joy and generosity suggested by the mouth. The dark brown, almond shaped eyes could express the gamut of feelings, but were kept in abeyance, until they would flash with understanding, anger or suppressed humor.
He saw all this in a flash of insight. He’d been looking at her for the past twenty minutes and had unconsciously taken in all this without realizing it. He didn’t know why, but he felt an overpowering sense of loss, or rather, a sudden awareness of something lacking in himself, an essential piece of the complex puzzle of humanity that would make him whole. In that instant he knew that he had to cherish this encounter and get to know this woman intimately, for better or for worse.

Intro to Election Dance

There’s more than meets the eye in the unforgettable new novel Election Dance. Dirty politics, idealism, crime and sex all play significant parts. Matthew Bartels, a brilliant and idealistic 37-year-old math teacher in Curaçao is asked to participate as a keynote speaker in a seminar on sustainable growth. His success leads to his joining a political party to bring about change and realize his vision for better governance. But Matthew learns there is a price to pay when entering politics. His background is attacked by the media and demons of his past are resurrected. The attacks are instigated by Manny Contreras, “The Voice,” whose goal is to turn Curaçao into an import-export hub of Colombian drugs for Europe and the U.S. The political campaign becomes ugly and ruins his love relationship. His private life and politics are inextricably linked, contributing to Matthew’s unraveling. As “The Voice” does all he can to neutralize Matthew’s popularity, Matthew works with the police to end Manny’s drug career, even at great personal cost. Almost in the manner of Balzac, Joseph Hart presents a cross-section of Curaçao, from the most wretched and impoverished of its citizens to the most powerful and corrupt of its politicians. He is unflinching in his description whether of love making or of violence, and there is plenty of both in the novel.” – Phillip Mann, playwright and novelist.

About the Author: Joseph Hart is a retired English teacher and school superintendent. He lives in Curaçao and is working on his next novel. Publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/josephhart