Tod Wodicka was born in Glen Falls, NY, in 1976. He was educated at Manchester University, UK. He lives in Berlin.
A man displaced anchors Wodicka's funny, poignant and historically canny debut, previously published in Britain. With the death of his beloved wife, Kitty, 63-year-old Burt Hecker sells the Queens Falls, N.Y., B&B he and his wife ran and heads to Germany to reinvent himself as a medieval re-enactor with a troupe of chanters for the 900th anniversary of the birthday of Hildegard von Bingen. Burt, a dedicated member of the Confraternity of Times Lost Regained, never strays "Out of Period" (OOP), wearing a tunic and drinking homemade mead; derailed emotionally, he is estranged from his two grown children-June, who is on the verge of single motherhood and wants to return home but doesn't know her father has sold the inn, and Tristan, a brilliant Juilliard dropout who moved to Poland to reattach himself to the Lemko roots of his emigrant grandmother and now headlines at a Prague jazz club with a group of folk musicians. With the help of family lawyer Lonna Katsav, Burt attempts a detente with his resentful children. Burt's cutting wit and intelligence comprise the novel's intellectual center, while his unfettered love for Kitty gives it its massive heart. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
So serious a medieval reenactor that he won't consume tomatoes or coffee (not available in Europe during the Middle Ages), Burt Hector just wants to connect with estranged son Tristan. An original debut. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Heartbreaking, hilarious." --The New Yorker"Disarming and brilliant. . . . A tour de force. . . . Wodicka's prose is a revelation." --The Boston Globe"Elegant. . . . [Burt's] efforts to hurl himself into the present are chronicled with smart, casually poetic observations. . . . Even if Burt can't transcend time, Wodicka's novel can." --Entertainment Weekly"This tender, oddball book . . . performs a deft balancing act as it hides love, yearning and regret behind the mouthful of medieval incantation in its title. . . . Startlingly poignant." --The New York Times Book Review