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

Wendy Brandmark

Wendy Brandmark is a fiction writer, reviewer and lecturer. She writes both novels and short stories.

Her first novel, The Angry Gods, was published by Dewi Lewis in 2003 and the US edition in 2005.

Wendy’s short stories, set in New York, Boston, Denver and London, have been widely published in British and American magazines and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Riptide Journal, Stand Magazine, Lilith Magazine and The Warwick Review.

Her most recent reviews have appeared in The Literary Review, The Independent and The Times Literary Supplement.

At present Wendy supervises second year students in the Oxford University Master of Studies (MSt) in Creative Writing, and she teaches fiction writing at The City Lit.

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