March 3, 2015

Press Release: THE STRAY AMERICAN by Wendy Brandmark

Published on 13 December 2014

ISBN 9781907320460, 240 pages

The Stray American beautifully captures the sense of rootlessness and search for identity. Set in 2003, Larry Greenberg escapes from his corporate law job in Boston to teach in a seedy American college near London’s Waterloo Station. We follow Larry, a flawed but engaging character, on his journey in search of a soulmate and a sense of purpose.

He has always been rootless, unwilling to commit himself to a job or woman or cause. If he grows up, must he shed his wings? Larry is not one of those who cannot return home, but is he condemned to forever consider himself to be an outsider?

Praise for Wendy Brandmark’s novel The Angry Gods

‘In this brief, intense novel, the passion and guilt of two eras crystallise in exact and compelling language.’ The Independent

‘A touching illustration of race relations and frustrated emotion.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Brandmark's pared-down prose beautifully captures each woman's frustrations.’ Literary Review

‘Brandmark's principal theme - not belonging - is rewardingly worked out.’ The Guardian

February 16, 2015


A few words about this wonderful bedtime story...

Published in 2006, On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman wasn't available for my boys. We read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Pat Hancock at least a thousand times and I will always have precious memories attached to the story as well as to our bedtime ritual.

But times change and authors give birth to new stories everyday and every now and again a simply genius piece of art comes to life. On the Night You Were Born is a beautiful bedtime story that fosters a sense of joy that is unmatched.

The gorgeous rhythm identifies for the child their unique existence in the world. ..."Life will never be the same. Because there had never been anyone like you...ever in the world." What a fabulous message to share with a child.

Inside, the illustrations are beautiful.
Every child deserves to be special and this book is about the best beginning I could imagine. "Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born." 

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