Jonathan Raban is the author of Soft City, Arabia, Foreign Land, Old Glory, For Love and Money, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, and Passage to Juneau; he has also edited The Oxford Book of the Sea. Raban has received the National Book Critics Circle Award (for Bad Land), the Heinemann Award for Literature, the Thomas Cook Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Governor's Award of the State of Washington, and the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, among others. Raban lives in Seattle, with his daughter.
"Jonathan Raban's achievements in this novel are nothing short of
--The Washington Post
"Raban has a wonderful gift...These characters seem to index an
--The Village Voice Literary Supplement
"Raban is a first-rate observer, with an eye for the ridiculous and a gift for the sudden pounce."