Prague Summer: A Novel

Prague Summer: A Novel

by Jeffrey Condran


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Stefanie and Henry are Americans living in Prague; she works for the State Department, he is a rare books dealer. They live the life of a comfortably married couple – morning coffee at the same café every day, social events with the same small group of friends, a little too much to drink in the evenings and a single episode of Poirot every night before bed. Until one day their world is turned upside down by the arrival from the States of Stefanie’s old friend, Selma Al-Khateeb whose husband has been mysteriously arrested and indefinitely imprisoned. At first it appears that Selma has come to escape her problems but soon her reasons for coming to Prague seem more sinister and murky and Stefanie and Henry’s placid existence is turned upside down in ways they couldn’t have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619025523
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Condran is the author of the forthcoming story collection from Press 53, A Fingerprint Repeated. His work has been honored with several awards, including The Missouri Review’s 2010 William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations

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“Maybe I don’t care what you believe,” she says. “I just need your help.”

Ah, my help. Selma has mentioned in at least one email that while she’s here she wants to see literary Prague. This is about the only thing I’ve been allowed to know. She wants to see the house where Kafka lived, the Café Slavia where all the sixties writers and intellectuals drank their coffee and slivovitz, and perhaps even make a foray or two into the contemporary scene. Selma’s bachelor’s degree was in English Literature, so as they say, she has an interest. And I suppose this is what I had in mind when I said that we should find something for her to do.

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