It's 1987, and the Beatles are gathering in Liverpool for a reunion. It has been twenty-five years since John Lennon walked out of the Parlophone studios, taking George and Ringo with him. Paul, American-speaking and -acting, has become the world-famous Las Vegas entertainer Paul Montana, and he's visiting Liverpool for the first time since 1962, hoping to reunite with his boyhood chums, the once "hottest little quartetin Liverpool." Father George, now a Jesuit priest, is recovering from a nervous breakdown; John is embittered, alcoholic, unemployed, and on the dole. His wife has left him, and young Julian has joined the fascist National Front. Ringo lives on the earnings of his entrepreneurial hairdressing wife while he and John sit in weekends with old rivals, Gerry and the Pacemakers. It is Lennon's curse that he can imagine what might have been. Liverpool Fantasy is a blackly comic meditation on the enduring hazards of friendship, the alchemy of collaboration, and what a world without the Beatlesthat is, without idealismlooks like.
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In the alternate universe of Larry Kirwan's novel LIVERPOOL FANTASY (Thunder's Mouth, $14.95), the band disintegrates in 1962, and, a quarter century later, John is Liverpool's town drunk, bitter both about his hangovers -- ''dawn snuck through a tear in the curtain and threw up all over the ...Jun 06 2003 | Read Full Review of Liverpool Fantasy
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