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One of my favorite contemporary writers, Michael Chabon, never wrote a book with this particular title, but I had fun supposing the possibility. He writes in a quirky, imaginative style that highlights eccentric behavior in odd circumstances. His prose is filled with sharp metaphors and poignant turns of phrase. I think it would be more than interesting if he told the story of a pensioner, a Holocaust survivor, ending his days in coastal Maine where he is visited by old acquaintances anxious to get in the last word.

If you're not familiar with Chabon's work, may I recommend "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay", "Wonder Boys" and "The Yiddish Policemen's Union".

I'm always a bit envious of those who read my favorite books for the first time because I miss the thrill of discovery that awaits new fans.

Comments (3)


Hey John:

I'm one who hasn't heard of him and I'm sure I'll not likely find his books here, so I run a search on Abe Books dot com and there's a slew of them. I'll take your advice and start with _The Yiddish Policemen's Union_, that's gotta be good.

This is a great illustration, but I would expect nothing less of you.


John Cox:


That's kind of an odd novel. It takes place in Alaska but on the "what if" that Holocaust victims took residence in Alaska, a kind of diaspora. The plot is based on US history that gets messed with and warped. Pure fiction, but fun. A twisty murder mystery, too.


Spooky. Foreboding. It looks like you put a Spanish mission in the middle of Grimpen Mire. Welcome to the Hotel Southwest England? Check out if you wish, guv'nuh--but you'll not be going anywheah.


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