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The second story is my favorite of the series entitled "Opa Locka" about a pair of sisters who own and run a private detective firm. One sister is wild and always in trouble and the other one not so much. They're supposed to be watching a man to see if he is having an affair and on their watch he disappears completely.
The third story is just okay but it's one of the only stinkers in the book. It's about 4 young adults (possibly 18 or 19 years old) who hold up small places, i.e., supermarkets, delis, etc. for a living. Didn't really care for any of the characters and it just generally wasn't my cup of tea.
The next story is superb though. It is entitled "Acrobat" and it's about a woman whose husband has just left her in Paris, of all places, and she is following a group of street acrobats all over the city. It's very enlightening.
Next comes "Antarctica" which is a sad story of a sister who goes to the last place her brother was alive - a research station in Antarctica to see if she can find out what happens or perhaps feel his spirit still there.
The story following this one is about a young woman (teenager) who is her mother's assistant in a magic show. It is really well written and has a surprise ending.
The final story is the one this book is named after "The Isle of Youth" and it is about twin sisters, who are complete opposites in action from each other, but look just alike. The one "bad" sister convinces the "good" sister to swap identities with her for a while because she is running from a drug dealer. This one is very interesting.
Wonder and mystery abound in this book. There is no fat in this book - it's all very good. All the situations are somewhat extreme with an inventive twist to them. If you like Karen Russell, Kelly Link, and/or Haruki Murakami, then you will like this book of short stories. Enjoy!