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Naked Came the Manatee

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A freak traffic accident hurls a man into Biscayne Bay, where he’s rescued by a manatee and a 102-year-old woman. Meanwhile, not one, not two, but three cryogenically preserved heads looking remarkably like Fidel Castro show up in the vicinity. Thus begins a silly romp through the minds of 13 of South Florida’s most famous writers: Each had a week to create a chapter, which was then serialized in The Miami Herald. The results of Naked Came the Manatee are occasionally a bit too inspired (a trendy nightspot has a small accident with the glass dance floor the owners installed over a shark pool), but for the most part, they’re laugh-out-loud hilarious.