Eva’s Man tells the life story of Eva Medina Canada as she remembers it during her incarceration in a psychiatric prison in upstate New York for the brutal killing of her lover, Davis Carter. The murder was simple enough—Eva poisoned his drink with arsenic. Immediately after Davis’s death, however, Eva bit off his penis and wrapped it in a silk handkerchief. It is for this molestation that she is under psychiatric care.
Eva’s Man is divided into four parts. The first, which makes up more than half the novel, begins with Eva’s arrest. In the first person, Eva takes readers back to incidents throughout her life that formed her view and led up to this moment. Eva is the only child of John and Marie Canada; her story begins at the age of five, after the family has moved to New York City. The events of her childhood make up most of this first part of the book. Some center around her mother: She remembers listening in on conversations between her mother and her mother’s friend Miss Billie, particularly those about “The Queen Bee,” a fabled woman whose men all die; she relives her mother’s affair with the musician Tyrone and his advances toward Eva herself. She recalls her nights out with her married cousin Alfonso, who thinks she is too old to stay at home. Alfonso himself wants her, as do the men whom she meets with him—the man with no thumb who frequently eats with them, and Moses Tripp, whom she stabs outside the restaurant to ward off his...
(The entire section is 608 words.)