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Selden Edwards lives in California, and is a retired headmaster. The Little Book is his first novel.

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Selden Edwards lives in California, and is a retired headmaster. The Little Book is his first novel.


It is 1988, and 47-year-old Wheeler Burden, minding his own business in San Francisco, suddenly finds himself walking along a -Viennese street-in 1897. Historical figures including Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, and Gustav Klimt each play roles in Edwards's debut novel, but the main characters are Wheeler's own relatives, strangely collected in a magical time and space. The stellar, low-key narration by Jeff Woodman (An Ideal Husband) helps move along this story, in which fantasy and history combine to create a beautiful snapshot of the beginning of the modern age. Recommended for medium-sized and large fiction collections. [Audio clip available through; the Dutton hc received a starred review, LJ 8/08.-Ed.]-Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

** 'Edwards has great fun with time travel paradoxes and anachronisms, but the real romance in the book is with the period ... This novel ends up a sweet, wistful elegy to the fantastic promise and failed hopes of the 20th century * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *
** 'Richly inventive, woven tightly with incident, and fully engaging ... superbly humane and readable * Richard Ford *
** 'A wonderful novel * Pat Conroy *
** 'Pulls a Back to the Future on the Vienna that produced The Interpretation of Dreams and, eventually, Mein Kampf - with a little Bill & Ted thrown in for good measure * Publishers Weekly *

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