“People go to Key West for lots of different reasons. Joey Goldman went there to become a gangster…”
So begins this classic Key West caper, the hilarious and touching book that launched a much-loved series and introduced the world to Bert the Shirt and his chihuahua Don Giovanni, two of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction.
Joey, the illegitimate son of a major NY mafioso, decides to break away from a decidedly unpromising future in the old neighborhood of Queens. But will the old neighborhood and the Family let him go in peace? Continue reading
‘A genuinely laugh out loud book’ that starts with a big bang…actually it starts with THE Big Bang.
It’s a unique blend of humour, fantasy and history – think Terry Pratchett meets Douglas Adams and you’ll get the general idea. From His Perspective is the story of The Boss and his hapless PA, Norbert, who work together, with their team, overseeing the Factory, better known to us as Planet Earth.
If it hadn’t been for an accident involving a stray biscuit crumb, a black hole and a size 7 tweed slipper, they could have stayed true to their original blueprints Continue reading
Set in the late 60s and in two environments, London and Stockholm.
A collection of two short stories and two novellas describes social and personal problems encountered by the four protagonists respectively: David, Charlie, Binky, and Moby – each a fictionalised expatriate from the Caribbean.
Themes are dreams, loneliness, alienation, disappointment, and the lack of solidarity are some of the main challenges they face. There is humour to ease the pain. The question is whether this handful of marginal men of colour succeed or fail in their pursuit of a better life. Continue reading
David Sedaris’s beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story.
Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy’s elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris’s tales of tardy trick-or-treaters (“Us and Them”); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French (“Jesus Shaves”); what to do when you’ve been locked out in a snowstorm (“Let It Snow”); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations (“Six to Eight Black Men”); what Halloween at the medical examiner’s looks like (“The Monster Mash”); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry (“Cow and Turkey”). Continue reading
In an explosion of love’s metaphors, Fowler’s debut magic realism collection, SUSPENDED HEART, takes on American fabulism with a cast of unexpected heroines in the narratives of life and loss—
women whose hearts fall out at public malls, women whose bodies bloom with changing seasons, women who sprout blades or have multiple eyes, sleep as snakes, or birth saints like lapis lazuli babies. There’s a fearlessness to this prose, a melody of life and magic and loss. Continue reading