Title: Head Games
Author: Erika Rummel
Publisher: Guernica Editions
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Genres: Literary Fiction, Adventure, Suspense
An exotic setting for an exciting adventure
Argentina, 1979. Life has gone stale on Jim, an expat working in Catamarca.
Everything is predictable until he meets Lisa. She has the starry eyes, the
sensuous lips, and the tango steps that make all rational assumptions
go away. Jim gives her top marks for animation but there is a flashing
beacon at the end of his tip sheet: Danger. Lisa is a little too intense, a little
too crazy, a woman with too many scenes playing in her head.
That doesn’t faze Santos, a curandero looking for a medium to channel
the spirits of the dead and attract his lost sister. He lures Lisa to his compound
in northern Argentina, where she becomes a pawn in a deadly family feud.
Jim goes in search of Lisa. Tracking her down turns into a double mission —
delivering Lisa from her captors and himself from the confining routine of his life.
It takes a fantastic journey through rugged back country for Jim to realize
how much he loves Lisa. The story unfolds against the background of a country
in the grip of a military junta. It is a place where kidnapping, violence, and death
no longer make headlines, a place where you learn survival skills.
About the Author
Erika Rummel was awarded a Random House Creative Writing Award in 2011. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books (social history, biography, translation) and two novels, Playing Naomi (2009) and Head Games (2013).
Erika came to Canada from Vienna and obtained a doctorate from the University of Toronto. She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles, but has also lived in small villages in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Playing Naomi has been praised as a wry comedy “reminiscent of the corrosive but jovial cynicism of media satires like The Larry Saunders Show and The Newsroom” (Cynthia Sugars in University of Toronto Quarterly).
In Head Games, “this psychological labyrinth might just be your winding road to a good read”.- Carole Giangrande, Words to Go
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