Fiction. 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. He lives alone in Wimbledon, and his British lovers want him out of their beds before the morning. Then he meets Carla who lets him stay the night, but who has to face her own demons. His search for companionship takes him to the Un-Americans, a tiny group of disaffected expatriate Americans. Though repelled by these eccentrics, he stays for Devorah, a dancer whose radical politics he tries to ignore. 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? Is he condemned to forever consider himself to be an outsider? Follow Larry, a flawed but engaging character, on his journey in search of a soul mate and a sense of purpose.
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. Her second novel, The Stray American, was published in 2014 by Holland Park Press and was longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. Wendy's short stories have been widely published in British and American magazines and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Riptide Journal, Stand Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and North American Review. Her reviews have appeared in The Financial Times, New Statesman, The Literary Review, The Independent and The Times Literary Supplement. 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. She grew up in the Bronx, went to university in Boston and completed her MA in Creative Writing in Denver. London is now her home.Author City: LONDON UNK