Selden Edwards began writing The Little Book as a young English teacher in 1974, and continued to layer and refine the manuscript until its completion in 2007. He most recently authored The Lost Prince. He spent his career as headmaster at several independent schools across the country, and for over forty years has been secretary of his class at Princeton, where he also played basketball. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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 us.penguingroup.com; the Dutton hc received a starred review, LJ 8/08.-Ed.]-Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"A soaring thing of joy whose only purpose-and I mean this as a compliment-is to delight and entertain." -Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air "Delightfully mad. . .a thrilling adventure." -San Francisco Chronicle "The product of a writer in full command of his gifts." -Louisville Courier-Journal "A wide-ranging novel of grand ideas. . .a graceful waltz of a book, spinning at times at dizzying speed, but leaving behind a haunting, unforgettable melody." -New Orleans Times-Picayune "Back to the Future for the intellectual set." -Entertainment Weekly "Inventive, bracing, poignant and well written. . . it should be at the top of everyone's summer reading list." -Tucson Citizen "It's hard not to be thoroughly taken with such an approach to both the real and imagined past." -New York Daily News "Required reading." -New York Post