Cass Loyola, a Cuban merchant seaman, abandons the ocean seas to pursue literature and love at a button-down college in New York City. As he struggles to adjust to his new life, he is haunted by the woman he left behind in Cardiff--a bookbinder and Wiccan priestess. All this while reading the collected works of Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross. At once a seafaring novel, a New York novel, and a Cuban novel, Awake Now, Sailor depicts pirate fights in the Bay of Bengal, gypsy cab rides into the dark heart of Brooklyn, a drunken mountain climb in Wales to catch a monkey fight, cane cutting in Oriente de Cuba, and an encounter between a U.S. Marine and an academic poet. The book also offers décima campesinas, a poetic form popular in Cuba, and an original sea shanty translated into Welsh by British poet Menna Elfyn.