The author is justifiably lauded for creating a novel unique in probably all of literature: the first-person account of an anatomical androgyne who, at adolescence, discovers she is a he, uses copious amounts of Nair on his face, and is attracted to girls. The portrait is so convincing (he’s “a card-carrying member of the Save the Manatee Society”), I often wondered, “Is this the author, really? Or not?” The first section about the war-torn Greece of his ancestors is the most vividly told, while the teenager’s awakening sexuality is by turns witty, hilarious, and achingly desperate. At times, though, the book feels like a pastiche; in fact several sections were New Yorker stories first, then dropped in. The biggest disappointment for me was the sequence in which our hero/ine goes to San Francisco and works in a strip club. I know exactly where he’s talking about. My husband, Tom Robinson, and I had a working art studio above a belly-dancing club within that same two block radius on the cusp of North Beach where rock stars and movie actors showed up at Enrico’s at three A.M. for drinks and dirty burgers, famed Finocchio’s featured an all-transvestite cabaret, Mafioso with their heaters bulging in their pockets and gold crucifixes at their throats drank at the Matador, and green-Mohawked punks crowded Club Mabuhay. I was looking forward to the author’s take on my old neighborhood, but this section is curiously cardboard and flat. Still, this is a benchmark book in American literature.

From the author of The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle, Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle.

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Romantic Suspense! Celestial Girl, Book 1: The Heartland (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle! Lily flees Toledo on the Overland train. She must share a seat with Jackson Tremaine and befriends the Celestial Girl, the daughter of a Chinese dignitary. But appearances are not what they seem.

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Coming soon! Celestial Girl, Book 3: The Celestial Kingdom, which will include Book 3: The Celestial Kingdom, and Book 4: Terminus. The Omnibus Edition will include all three books.

Of The Gilded Age, the New York Times Book Review said, “A winning mixture of intelligence and passion.”

Urban fantasy! The Garden of Abracadabra is available in three affordable installments. Begin with Book 1: Life’s Journey on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle.

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