July 28, 2011 7:00pm
July 28 at 7PM: Christopher R. Howard will be at Boswell Book Co. in Milwaukee, WI to read from Tea Of Ulaanbaatar. Boswell Book Co. is located at 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 5321. RSVP on Facebook.
Tea of Ulaanbaatar is the story of disaffected Peace Corps volunteer Warren, who flees life in late-capitalist America to find himself stationed in the post-Soviet industrial hell of urban Mongolia. As the American presence crumbles, Warren seeks escape in tsus, the mysterious “blood tea” that may be the final revenge of the defeated Khans-or that may be only a powerful hallucinogen operating on an uneasy mind-as a phantasmagoria of violence slowly envelops him.
With prose that combines Benjamin Kunkel’s satiric bite, William Burroughs’ dark historical re-imaginings, and a lush literary beauty all his own, Christopher Howard in Tea of Ulaanbaatar unfolds a story of expatriate angst, the dark side of globalization, and middle-class nightmares-and announces himself as one of the most inventive and ambitious of the new generation of American novelists.
Publishers Weekly writes, “It is youthful idealism gone wild in Howard’s striking debut . . . Howard’s tight and witty writing gives spry life to what could otherwise be a ho-hum stranger-in-a-strange-land kind of tale.”
The Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert calls Tea of Ulaanbataar “An accomplished novel with a keen sense of atmosphere and description.”