Edward lives the good life in Brooklyn. Until he's haunted by a strange legacy - the memory of his deceased grandmother. It seems that Grandma has some unfinished business in this world. To get his grandmother out of his head, Edward journeys to Poland, where he wrestles with his family's complicated past. This is a story of possession, in both senses of the word - a Jewish ghost story told with humor, tenderness, and insight.
A witty and touching novella about life on the periphery of academia and Hollywood. Robert is an adjunct, a university lecturer commuting between two-far flung Los Angeles colleges. He doesn't have health insurance - a serious problem when he develops a violent allergy to student writing. Meanwhile he's trying to keep his car, and his relationship with a successful but skittish TV writer, from falling apart.
"You'll feel as bad as he does"
London, 1990: Thatcher is on her way out, but Thatcherism is in full swing. Meanwhile David Bergmann, a young American working in a West End bar, is having a quarter-life crisis. He loves London, but he’s broke, he can’t get a girlfriend, and his flatmate is kicking him out. Then he meets Sofia. On paper it’s a bad match - she’s a little older and a lot more sophisticated. But Bergmann is convinced that this fantastic woman can give him the purpose he lacks. All he needs to do is find the cash for a (hopefully) life-changing weekend with her in Paris. Thus Bergmann takes a radical step for a nice Jewish boy and moves into a squat....