Customs Violation

Customs Violation

by Janice Weber, Marta Hryvniak

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After a fifteen-year break, fate brings customs agent Floyd Beck and lingerie czarina Viola Flury back together again. Their rekindled romance plays out against the early days of women’s lib, when both genders were adapting to their brave new world with varying degrees of triumph, bewilderment, and denial.

The supporting cast includes canine psychiatrist Portia Clemens, a rabid libber who thinks nothing of sex change operations for her male dogs; the mad Chef Eggli, sausage maker par excellence; flamboyant and volatile Nestor Buffez, who considers silk pajamas his business suit; George Hash, recovering from his divorce in a barrage of singles bars; and Breeze Squawfoot, an unrepentant cougar on the prowl.

The action ricochets between JFK Airport, northern New Jersey, and the Swiss Alps in this “wisecracking, irreverent spoof of modern sexual mores” (Kirkus Reviews) with “truly funny repartee” (Publishers Weekly).

Customs Violation, originally published in 1987, is a hilarious and heartbreaking account of the ongoing war between the sexes.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015679885
Publisher: Janice Weber
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 398
File size: 421 KB

About the Author

Janice Weber grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey and graduated summa cum laude from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

At the time of her Carnegie Recital Hall debut at age nine, she was writing her first short stories. She has continued both pursuits, with her novels providing counterpoint to the staid world of a concert pianist, or perhaps with her recitals offsetting the staid world of a writer. She lives in Boston with her husband.

An active soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall (the big one), Symphony Hall Boston, Wigmore Hall London, and major venues in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her eclectic recordings include the complete Rachmaninoff transcriptions, Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”, a disc of Leo Ornstein’s revolutionary piano works, and Liszt’s 1838 version of the Transcendental Etudes. Her most recent disc, “Cascade of Roses”, has a “rose” in each track, with rare appearances of Billy Mayerl’s dazzling “Evening Primrose” and Ernest de Regge’s “Variations on “The Last Rose of Summer.”

Her novels happen between (and occasionally during) concerts. Music on some level infiltrates almost every book: Eva Hathaway writes hymns between amorous bouts, Floyd Beck met the love of his life at Carnegie Hall, Leslie Frost is a concert violinist, and Ross Major listens to Beethoven when the going gets rough. Characters without music fill the void with swinging, murder, and treason, activities musicians tend to eschew since that would detract from practice time.

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