Stars and Bars: A Novel
Sharply observed and brilliantly plotted, Stars and Bars is an uproarious portrait of culture clash deep in the heart of the American South, by one of contemporary literature’s most imaginative novelists.
A recent transfer to Manhattan has inspired art assessor Henderson Dores to shed his British reserve and aspire to the impulsive and breezy nature of Americans. But when Loomis Gage, an eccentric millionaire, invites him to appraise his small collection of Impressionist paintings, Dores's plans quite literally go south. Stranded at a remote mansion in the Georgia countryside, Dores is received by the bizarre Gage family with Anglophobic slurs, nausea-inducing food, ludicrous death threats, and a menacing face off with competing art dealers. By the time he manages to sneak back to New York City–sporting only a cardboard box–Henderson Dores realizes he is fast on the way to becoming a naturalized citizen.
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Review: Stars and BarsUser Review - David Whittlestone - Goodreads
Like all Boyd's novels, this is a well-written, fast moving story that I found captivating. I admit to being a fan of Boyd's but I still find his stories totally absorbing and his writing easy and ... Read full review
Review: Stars and BarsUser Review - Peter Jowers - Goodreads
I found it funny, though it descended into complete farce towards the end! I needed a laugh after my last two books, "In the Skin of a Jihadist" and "Ardennes 1944", which were both VG. Read full review