The Celebration Husband
World War I has just erupted in East Africa, and Baroness Tanya von Brantburg is running intelligence missions for the British irregular forces, with which her husband, Isak, is fighting. Aiding Tanya are Hassan, her Somali manservant, and Kamau, her Kikuyu tribesman cook. Along the way, Tanya is targeted by her old acquaintance, the charming and cultured German Lieutenant-Colonel, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, who wants her to betray the British. Just as dangerous is Hilary Gordon, a fellow soldier and old flame of Tanya's: Hilary is determined to win Tanya back. Facing all the hardships of military maneuvers in the African bush, Tanya must also confront her loyalties and her desires as her mission culminates in a life-changing rescue operation on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Waiting for Love Child
Pacing outside the maternity ward at Beijing International Harmony Hospital, waiting for his ex-mistress to birth a baby he's sure is his, Dean Canon records a confessional monologue recounting how he found himself in this predicament. Seemingly, he has attained his every fantasy: he's married to a gorgeous Chinese woman, Lan. Her wealthy parents have assured his career success. He's the father of an adorable boy, P.J. And yet Lisa, a moody American comic book artist, proved an irresistible attraction. Even Dean's sessions with his drama therapist, Sandra (to whom the monologue is addressed) failed to redirect his wayward impulses. As Dean recounts his hilarious historythe My Ding-a-Ling wedding song, the honeymoon at Harvard, the drama therapy production of Waiting for Godot performed by migrant workers, as well as Dean's obsession with Lan's bi-sexual inclinationsevents outside his scope of vision are coalescing to place him on a collision course with his sanity.
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The Swing of Beijing
In heady, pre-Olympic Beijing, expatriates enjoy easy money, decadent pleasure and a corrupting freedom from restraint. Against this backdrop, Jordan Welp kills a Chinese peasant in a hit-and-run accident. His journalist girlfriend, Pip Alonzo, is meanwhile being drawn into an affair with Tyler Winger, an older expatriate struggling with unemployment, budding alcoholism and a trans-Pacific divorce. The police confiscate Jordan's passport, provoking him to explore increasingly desperate means of escape. Galvanized by Jordan's callous response to the death he caused, Pip delves into the life of the man Jordan killed. Her investigation takes her from Beijing's art district to its expatriate doping scene, and from the clan of Confucius to rebel Chinese smugglers. What she discovers compels her to confront her decaying relationship with Jordan, her hopes for a future with Tyler, and her capacity to improvise a gratifying life for herself over the challenging baseline Beijing lays down.
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This sexually-explicit parody of Philip Roth's 1967 classic, Portnoy's Complaint, finds Chastity Portnoy, Alexander's adopted daughter, facing a crisis. She's a lawyer, but she wants to be a writer, and her novelist fiancé, Philip Broth, has just criticized her first manuscript. In a fit of pique, she cheats on him with one of her co-workers, just before heading off for a weekend with her fatherwho, upon Chastity's arrival in Connecticut, is exhuming his mother's grave. The start proves prophetic for a weekend in which Chastity will meet her biological mother, find a bride gone missing from a wedding, procure a prostitute for her still-randy father, stand up to a sexual harasser at work, and ultimately confront her fiancé about her infidelity in an attempt to salvage their relationship.
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