160 pages, paperback
Stargell had it all – a prestigious job at a think tank, a beautiful Greek wife and money enough to indulge his expensive tastes. Then one day he lost his job – for using the think tank’s computer to play the horses – and his life took a very definite turn for the worse. Suddenly he’s broke, his wife’s going crazy, and a very determined Lower East Side loan shark has his number. In the midst of all this danger and chaos, however, the resilient and darkly comic Stargell pushes his limits, playing it by ear. For Stargell is sustained by those rare moments of redeeming grace when every experience feels vital and valuable, when even the darkest moments and the most soiled landscapes seem to glow with a burning incandescence.
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Craig Nova - Craig Nova is the award-winning author of eleven novels. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Men’s Journal, among others. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2005 he was named Class of 1949 Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He lives in Vermont and North Carolina.
William Boyd - William Boyd has written nine novels, three collections of short stories, and thirteen films have been made from his screenplays. His tenth novel, "Ordinary Thunderstorms", will be published in September 2009.