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When France's feminist icon Simone de Beauvoir calls up American novelist Nelson Algren during her visit to Chicago in February 1947, their lives are set to change irrevocably.... Read more
When France's feminist icon Simone de Beauvoir calls up American novelist Nelson Algren during her visit to Chicago in February 1947, their lives are set to change irrevocably. Algren takes de Beauvoir on a whirlwind tour of his city and when the pair returns to his apartment, a passion is sparked that will last for the next two decades. Reimagining this passionate affair, Douglas Cowie takes us on a journey that explores what it means to love and be loved by the right person at the wrong time. The result is as captivating as it is poignant.
Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago Paperback edition by Douglas Cowie
DOUGLAS COWIE is originally from Chicago and has lived in both England and Berlin since 1999. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. His first novel, Owen Noone and the Marauder, was published in the UK and the US in 2005. Most recently he has published two linked novellas, Sing for Life: Tin Pan Alley and Sing for Life: Away, You Rolling River in the US.
Fiction. Brian, once part of the successful rock duo Owen Noone and the Marauder, moves from Iowa to New York City to recapture an earlier moment in his life. He starts performing songs in bars under a pseudonym and achieves a small degree of success, but that success doesn't seem to bring him the peace of mind he's been looking for. A disastrous performance coincides with the arrival of a...
"We've just received breaking news: guitarist and singer Owen Noone of Owen Noone and the Marauder collapsed while performing tonight in Los Angeles. Nothing about his condition has been made clear to us, and we've received no official comment from anyone connected to Owen or his label. Stay with us - we'll keep you posted with any further developments. Forty uninterrupted minutes of music start...
Together they become a rock'n'roll band, Owen Noone and the Marauder, that rises to fame on the back of an improbable hit single: a folk-meets-punk rendition of 'Yankee Doodle'.
Signed up to a major record label, criss-crossing America on a national tour, the pair's dreams seem to be coming true;
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