By Bentley Little
What would you do
if you won the lottery? Or, perhaps, the question should be what
wouldn't you do? What Gregory Tomasov does is pack in his job, and
pack up his family, and leave California.
Gregory has become disenchanted with his life and his lifestyle. He
finds big town life too materialistic, and, of course big towns can be
dangerous places. Seeking a better place to rear his children he heads
back to the idyllic small town of McGuane, where he grew up. As well as
his wife and children, he also takes his mother with him. Much to his
mother's consternation, the one person that he forgets to invite is
the, 'Owner of the House,' Jedushka Di Muvedushka. According to his
mother's Molokan beliefs Jedushka is a protective spirit that acts as a
protector of the home and family, and every time a move is made the
little man must be invited.
might not be surprised to find that this is a mistake that they all
come to regret.
This is a novel of two names. In the U.K. it is called The Town. In the
U.S.A. it is called Guests.
But a rose, by any other name, is still a
rose; and I have got to say that I like this rose's thorns. It is one
hell of a good read. The characters are believable and well developed,
and it is hard not to like them, but the things that happen to some of
them are nothing short