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Love Is Enough
With the dot-com bubble in full swing, one high-flying software tycoon in Cambridge, MA, can't quite decide if the man he shot to death really has taken up residence in his body, or if he's just plain gonzo crazy. The beautiful and mysterious Serena seems to have the answer. It all has to do with an obscure science fiction novel written by an enigmatic German physicist in the 1930s. She, like many others, believes the book isn't a novel at all, but an instruction manual.
A clever, ambitious send up of the dot-com zanies that begins in a very strange place, then quickly gets much, much stranger . . . you might not fall in love with the wise-cracking narrator, but you won't be able to stop listening. ―Tichnor Reviews
A man wakes up on a men’s room floor outside of Reno, with no memory of how he got there and no idea of who he is. When he checks his pockets, the only thing he finds is a twenty-dollar bill. When he looks in the mirror, he sees the face of a stranger. When he opens the door . . .
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A marvelous narrative puzzle, intricately plotted and shot through with sharp humor, tenderness and human insight.
A detective story with a detective searching for himself, a menagerie of memorable characters and a plot that takes the protagonist and the reader to the most unexpected places.―Clarion
In 1903, the offices of the Pandolf Press were destroyed by the San Francisco earthquake. The siblings struggled to revive their company but in the end were unable to raise enough capital and went on to other endeavors, including a winery in Sonoma, which exists to this day. In 2012, three friends from New York, Francine Dawes, Heather Bowson, and James Curtis, found themselves in San Francisco at a business conference. At NYU they had taken Professor Simeon Delgado’s “Dirty Lit” English course, where one of Mila Puzzalo’s novels was on the syllabus.
All three had worked as editors, two for publishers, one for a magazine. Before the conference ended, they decided to set up a publishing firm under the name Pandolf Press, with the goal of publishing new writers and exploiting emerging content delivery platforms.
Pandolf Press is headquarted in the Heights section of San Francisco, two blooks from where the original firm founded by the Hudder siblings was once located.
Pandolf Press was founded in 1888 by Stephen and Evangeline Hudder, who had come to San Francisco from Boston, seeking a new start and a new life. “Let’s see what the other coast might have to offer us,” Stephen told his sister, who was his partner in a publishing venture that had succumbed to the Crash of ’86. Both were tired of publishing the same kinds of books as their competitors and sought to establish a new company where they hoped to publish authors who “dared swim against the tide.”
They chose the name of their firm from one of their favorite poems, Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess.”
That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall,
Looking as if she were alive. I call
That piece a wonder, now; Fra Pandolf’s hands
Worked busily a day, and there she stands.
The company went on to publish many writers, including the “Gold Rush poet,” Horace Cullen, and Mila Puzzalo, whose novels documented the immigrant experience in San Francisco with a realism in sexual matters that brought her as much condemnation as praise.
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