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Javascotia

Benjamin Obler

Melvin Podgorski is young, naïve, American - and a coffee fanatic. It's this passion that leads him from his native Chicago to 1990's Glasgow - to scout out the prospects for a US coffee franchise. Looking for an escape from his suffocatingly suburban parents and the tangled wreckage of a divorce, he finds himself floundering in an alien land of Glaswegian dialect and radical student politics. As he becomes increasingly entangled with one particularly charming local and her militant ex-boyfriend, his efforts to keep the past and the present separate are put to the test, and soon his old life in Chicago and his recently-found freedom in Glasgow are set for an emotional and catastrophic collision . . . Imbued with dark, mournful notes, dashes of warm humour, and the bitter-sweet tang of learning the hard way, Javascotia combines a feel-good flavour with a deeper substance.

Benjamin Obler is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota but has also spent time in Glasgow, where he studied creative writing. He now lives and writes in Minneapolis. Javascotia is his first novel.

Division
Penguin
Publication date
26/03/2009
Category
  • Fiction
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Extent
448
US
David Higham Associates
Translation
David Higham Associates
Film
David Higham Associates
Serial
David Higham Associates
Audio (Unabridged)
David Higham Associates
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