Abandoning her career as a writer of potboiler romances in Barcelona, Lola Benveniste reacts to her father's sudden death by travelling to Vancouver, the city where he spent a secret year in the 1950s. How are John Miller, a scion of old Vancouver money trying to crack the New Economy, and his sidekick Neil Simpson, in mourning over being deserted by his wife-turned-fashion-model, involved in Lola's father's death? And what is their connection to Herman Rossman, poet of the old downtown, who published brilliant work in the 1940s before vanishing? Lola's entanglement with these characters takes her to Manhattan, where Rossman is leading a second life as an East Village “spoken-word” ranter. Will the questions of the past and the yearnings of the present finally be satisfied? Lola by Night is rich in atmosphere, ironic comedy, and shaggy-dog mystery an entrancing work from an award-winning author with a truly original voice.
Norman Ravvin's story collection Sex, Skyscrapers, and Standard Yiddish won the K.M. Hunter Emerging Artist Award. His novel Café des Westens won the Alberta Multiculturalism New Fiction Award. He is also the author of Hidden Canada: An Intimate Travelogue and the editor of Not Quite Mainstream: Canadian Jewish Short Stories. His latest novel is The Joyful Child (Gaspereau Press). He lives with his wife and son in Montreal, where he teaches and writes.
“ ... slick, quirky, subtly humorous ... style as unique as a fingerprint ...” The Canadian Jewish News
“Following these narrative lines as they meander across continents is worth the trip. Ravvin has a talent for exposing the quirky characters that inhabit the hidden recesses of society ... romp and wit ... fast-paced ...”
“A juicy comic novel set in Barcelona, Vancouver and Manhattan, and featuring eccentric rifts on the old themes of love, art and death.” The Globe and Mail
ISBN 0-9680457-5-8 / 169 pp / $19.95 + $2 S/H