Hungarian Book Review, Volume 32

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Hungarian Publishers' and Booksellers' Association, 1990 - Hungary
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A new novel about Hungarians living in the United States is available in The Kindle Store at Amazon Books. THE PURSE MAKER'S CLASP by John Escher starts with the purchase of a small wooden skyscraper in Eastport, Maine. The buyer, an immigrant named Molnar Jucika, has earned her money through the sale of woven handbags at crafts fairs up and down America's east coast. Before Maine, Jucika, pursued by her cousin by marriage Molnar Andras, and also by the book's protagonist Carter Neuse, lives in Woodpop, Virginia in a rundown pistachio green house full of snakes by the side of a gurgling stream. Andras, who starts out as a tennis pro, eventually becomes a college president and moves away to the state of Montana accompanied by his American wife Mitzi (or Mici) Schnarrs, a horsewoman who loves all things Hungarian. The two parallel love stories include time spent in eastern Hungary and intersect in Eastport, where twirls The Old Sow, second biggest whirlpool in the world. All characters in this unique book seem caught in inexorable tidal currents dragging them toward the whirlpool, where at the bottom, they are able to talk with one another in their search for meaning.
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