Imagine there are
American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War.
Imagine there is a
family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a
mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore.
Imagine just those
things (don’t even try to imagine the love story) and you’ll have a foretaste of
Tom Robbins’s eighth and perhaps most beautifully crafted novel—a work as
timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat.
On one level, this
is a book about identity, masquerade, and disguise—about “the false mustache of
the world”—but neither the mists of Laos nor the smog of Bangkok, neither the
overcast of Seattle nor the fog of San Francisco, neither the murk of the
intelligence community nor the mummery of the circus can obscure the linguistic
phosphor that illuminates the pages of Villa
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