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By Harvey Araton. 2014
Harvey Araton writes, with keen insight, of a time when power was ebbing fast from both newspapers and their unions.… It's an especially bittersweet tale he tells of the people who had grown up in newspapers and unions, as they struggle to adapt to this evolving new order. And, of course, what makes this even more evocative, is that we're still trying to sort this all out. - Frank Deford, author of Everybody's All-American, NPR commentator"Father and son face their demons, each other, and a depressingly realistic publisher in a newspaper yarn that made me yell "Hold the Front Page" for Harvey Araton's rousing debut as a novelist." - Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental SportswriterIn times of change, American novelists return to old themes. In Cold Type-as in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman-a son and his father struggle to hold onto what they think is right. It's mid-1990s; and "cold type" technology, a.k.a. computerized typesetting, wreaks havoc among workers in the newspaper industry. A fabulously wealthy Briton buys the New York City Trib and immediately refuses to negotiate with the truck drivers' union. In solidarity, all the other blue collar unions take to the streets. Jamie Kramer is a reporter for the Trib. His father is a hardcore shop steward (unusual for a Jew in Irish-dominated unions) from the old day of "hot type," but who has become a typographer in a world he doesn't understand. His father expects Jamie not to cross the picket line. It would be an act of supreme disrespect. But that's not so easy for Jamie. His marriage has fallen apart, he desperately needs his paycheck for child support, and he needs to make his own life outside the shadow of his father.Harvey Araton is a celebrated sports reporter and columnist for the New York Times. He authored the New York Times best-seller Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift; plus When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks. Araton also finds time to serve as adjunct professor in sports writing at Montclair State University in New Jersey where he lives.
By Montague Kobbé. 2016
Praise for Montague Kobb Colorful detours into native lore such as a rich Dutchman s fabled… courtship of a local beauty strike grace notes that echo M rquez --Publishers Weekly on The Night of the Rambler Riveting deeply thoughtful and constantly inventive --Joe Meno on The Night of the RamblerNathaniel Jones a middle-aged businessman from England travels to the Caribbean island of Anguilla to spend a fortnight on holiday when he s captivated by a brilliant and beautiful member of the local community Sheila Rawlingson After a secret intense hundred-day courtship Nathaniel proposes to Sheila whose agreement to marry this white man is seen as a betrayal by her family and fellow Anguillans Recognizing the value Anguillan society places on economic projects Nathaniel attempts to set up an airline business to gain the support and favor of the Rawlingsons Nathaniel sends for his son Dragon Jones to travel to Anguilla and cofound Dragon Wings the nation s first commercial airline Nathaniel Dragon and Sheila turn to her uncle for financial backing Sheila s uncle however foils Nathaniel s best-laid plans at every turn Kobb s hilarious social novel brilliantly echoes A Confederacy of Dunces and Herman Wouk s Don t Stop the Carnival
By Zo Wicomb, Dorothy Driver. 2001
Unfolding in 1991 South Africa, at the moment of Nelson Mandela's release, this novel explores the underground world of activists,… spies, and saboteurs in the liberation movement--a world seldom revealed to outsiders. It also journeys back in time to find the forgotten history of "coloured" people, whose mixed-race heritage is embedded in four centuries of wrenching South African history. The effect is a bold and revisionary work--a moving exploration of the meaning of history, memory, and truth.
By Olga Grjasnowa. 2019
Syria - a country at war Amal, Hammoudi and Youssef are young and ambitious, the face of modern Syria. But… when civil war tears through their homeland, they are left with a horrifying choice: risk death by staying in the country they love, or flee in search of a new life elsewhere? From one of Germany's most talented literary voices comes this intricately woven story of brutality, loss, and how hope can shine through when darkness feels overwhelming.
By Montague Kobbé. 2013
Colorful detours into native lore such as a rich Dutchman s fabled courtship of a local beauty strike… grace notes that echo Marquez readers will be rewarded with the little-known tale of how the underdog country demanded its own place in the 20th century --Publishers WeeklyBest Book of 2013 Selection The Airship Black Balloon Publishing With tremendous humanity and humor the novel articulates these themes through the power of the relationships and the urgency each character demonstrates in this quest for self-determination --The Caribbean Writer This is a book about revolution and the underdog about a small isolated island fighting for recognition opportunity and justice it is a compelling tale about a curious historical episode but also a vital look at priorities perspective and the right to live in dignity issues that much like Anguilla s rebellion of 1967 are all too easily forgotten --The Island Review Readers will be rewarded with deeper insight into the political and economic turmoil engulfing that region --Historical Novel Society Revolution and historic change--words that can remain detached concepts unless we can somehow connect them with their human face and the lives behind them This is what first-time novelist Montague Kobb achieves in marvelous style and depth in The Night of the Rambler--weaving a Caribbean tapestry of places wider events the individuals shaped by them and how they ultimately come together to shape events themselves in the times leading to a revolution on Anguilla in 1967 --Maco Magazine Vivid funny and thoughtful Much like the revolution it covers it s compelling --Columbia College Chicago The Review Lab However unusual this revolution is it is a prelude to Anguilla s eventual divorce from St Kitts and Nevis before becoming a separate British territory its unconventional LOL factor could diversify an elective college course on revolutions with something bloody peaceful --New PagesOn June 9 1967 sixteen men from Anguilla a forgotten island in the Caribbean set sail aboard a thirty-five-foot sloop the Rambler to make the night-time journey to St Kitts where they intended to carry out a coup d tat and install a new government sympathetic to their separatist cause Set against the turbulent background of world politics in the sixties The Night of the Rambler tells the story of a misinformed and misconceived plan carried out incompetently by a group of scarcely trained and ill-equipped amateurs who escape calamity by mere coincidence And yet somehow the main purpose of their mission the furtherance of Anguilla s struggle to dissociate itself from the newly formed state of St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla and to return to the British colonial fold is significantly strengthened by this quite possibly the most outrageous episode in the history of revolutions Loosely based on the historical facts surrounding the Anguilla Revolution of 1967 The Night of the Rambler unfolds across the fifteen hours that lapse between the moment when the rebels board the motorboat that will take them across the strait to St Kitts and the break of dawn the following day when it becomes obvious that the unaccomplished mission will have to be aborted The novel consciously moves away from the historical category purposely altering at will the sequence of facts narrated collating fully fictional episodes with vaguely accurate anecdotes and replacing the protagonists with fictional characters At turns highly dramatic and hilarious Kobb brings deep honesty to the often-unexamined righteousness of revolution With echoes of Salman Rushdie s Midnight s Children Junot D az s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Mario Vargas Llosa s Conversation in the Cathedral The Night of the Rambler touches upon the universal topics of freedom and self-determination with humor and sensibility creating an alternative reality that is informed by real life but ultimately gov