"An insanely amusing adventure that has a deep love of language at its belly-shaking core."
"...a merry, yearlong chase around the globe....A sure-handed narrative led by a hapless but resilient adventurer."
"...practically every paragraph twinkles with humor...erudite from start to finish...pretty much perfectly done."
— Ron Story (no relation!), Emeritus Professor at
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and author
of Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love
"In this comic masterpiece, an adventure, a mystery story of intrigue, betrayal and total absurdity, we take a wild ride with Charles Abel Baker (Charlie) through the underside of the literary world into the underside of multiple other worlds as he stumbles and careens into all kinds of trouble in an obsessive pursuit of his Dream. . . . And then there are those wonderful, occasional sex scenes -- hot as they are ridiculous-- that for me at least are a total turn on."
— Robert Roth, author of Health Proxy and
co-creator of the litmag And Then
"Jim Story's name says it all: he was meant to be a writer. I've never met an author more dedicated to his craft. I hope everyone reads this book!"
— Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and Animal
Crackers; co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story
"A fascinating look at the issues of translation, publishing, and an unglamorous middle-age."
— Edith Grossman, award-winning translator of Cervantes,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa
"This aptly named author serves up not just one story, but a series of adventures as entertaining as they are unlikely. Jim Story is a skillful writer with an engaging style, a turbulent imagination, a seemingly inexhaustible fund of cultural and literary lore, and a passion--indeed, as he calls it, a 'reverence'--for language."
— Hilary Orbach, Transgressions and Other Stories