Max Lakeman and the Beautiful Stranger
"Hilarious ... an auspicious debut indeed." -- New York Times Book Review
"A haunting, gentle book, with its feet firmly on the lawn and its head in the air ... strange and lovely." -- Terry Pratchett
"A sweet and sexy fantasy filled with pleasant surprises ... Cohen possesses a sharp eye and a genuine sense of fun ... An important new voice in American literary humor." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Three cheers ... a lighthearted comedy that goes down as easily as a ginger float on a July day ... How many authors can make you laugh out loud?" -- Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Max Lakeman is head-over-heels in love with his wife, enchanted by his two children, happy with his job mowing lawns. Unshakably content. Or is he? One warm summer night, Max’s overactive imagination conjures up a beautiful woman, Mrs. Zeno, who steps out of the moonlit rhododendrons and into his life. Max is certain that Mrs. Zeno is imaginary until she manages to seduce him into a passionate affair, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, between wanting and having. Max Lakeman and the Beautiful Stranger brings rich attention to the emotional life of an ordinary man with remarkable insight into the longings of the human heart.