The Master Blaster by PF Kluge

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The much-hailed author of Gone Tomorrow, has crafted a luminous portrayal of strangers adrift in an intoxicating land.

This captivating novel intertwines the stories of several inhabitants on Saipan, America's least-appreciated tropical island. George Griffin is a jaded writer who comes for a press junket and stays far longer than expected; Stephanie Warner is a university professor recently on "trial separation" from her husband; Mel Brodie is an elderly entrepreneur; and Khan is a Bangladeshi laborer who comes to Saipan ("America") to escape hunger. Their voices circle the enthralling element of Saipan-and the hopes that originally drew them to the island.

With the versatility that won Kluge accolades as the writer behind Dog Day Afternoon, The Master Blaster is a rare wonder of contemporary storytelling.

About PF Kluge

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P.F. Kluge is Writer in Residence at Kenyon College. He is the author of Gone Tomorrow and A Call From Jersey, published by Overlook. Two films, Dog Day Afternoon and Eddie and the Cruisers, are based on his work.
Published March 29, 2012 by The Overlook Press. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Mar 25 2012

That voice — jaundiced, seasoned, amused and vibrant as it is — gives “The Master Blaster” added allure... it’s the work of a writer who has seen the world, literally and figuratively, for a long time.

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Below average
Feb 01 2012

Highly imaginative but unfortunately titled and depressing from first page to last, the novel won’t send anyone rushing to book a vacation on the island of Saipan.

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Reviewed by Roland Merullo on Apr 29 2012

...even his acute observations and superb rendering of this faraway place left me wanting something else to stand beside them on the stage of this story.

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Reviewed by Susan Grimm on Apr 09 2012

"The Master Blaster" is an ode to our myth of the fresh start. It's also a sly history lesson about colonial powers and native misrule.

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Reviewed by Lanie Tankard on Apr 25 2012 ingenious novel with global lessons.

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