Monday, October 20, 2008

Fiction for Serious Readers

Tampico, by Toby Olson, is a story about four old men who have been relegated to the margins of life.  Literally, they are in a ramshackle 'manor for the elderly' that sits atop a crumbling cliff. As the men wait for the inevitable crumbling of the cliff, or end of one of their lives, they tell stories.  One of them, the story of Tampico, is thrilling and motivating, leading the men to change the ending of life that they had previously thought was pencilled in for them.

Tampico is one of the 2008 offerings from the James A. Michener Series published by University of Texas.  The Michener Series is dedicated to sustaining authors who have been published, but haven't generated the high-sales figures that would embolden a big publishing house to continue to invest in them.

This book is available through our Amazon store-front, accessible by clicking on it at the sidebar to the right.  If you are a current Friend of Reston Regional Library, you can get it without paying shipping by e-mailing us at

A fine copy, fine dust jacket, appears to be unread.  $12


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