'One of the comic masterpieces' Daily Telegraph
Henderson Dores is an Englishman in New York - and completely out of his depth.
He should be concentrating on his job as an art assessor, but his complicated personal life keeps intruding. And that's before we even get to his sense of alienation, of being a fish out of water. For Henderson is a shy man lost in a country of extraverts and weirdos. Subway poets, loony millionaires, Bible-bashers and sharp-suited hoods stalk him wherever he goes. But it is only when he's sent to America's deep South to examine a rare collection of paintings that matters take a life-threatening turn. Still, if it doesn't kill you, they say it can only make you stronger . . .
'Boyd's humour, timed to a tee, always raps out the truth' Mail on Sunday
'Extremely funny. Boyd does not pass up a single comic turn' Sunday Telegraph
'Splittlingly shrewd and engaging' Guardian
'The wry laughter never stops . . . the shrewdest pages yet from a master of witty manipulation' Observer
Very shy and utterly British Henderson Dores comes to New York to work as an art expert. His strongest desire is to become a "real,'' spontaneous American, which occurs in unusual fashion after a painful trip to the South. PW gave a rebel yell for Stars and Bars, noting that it ``pokes fun at the British and Americans, at lifestyles and responsibilities, at life in general.''
I like William Boyd but was disappointed by this novel, farce with little of WB’s usual wit the plot is unresolved and as far as I am concerned can stay that way.