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Melvin Podgorski is young, naive, American - and a coffee fanatic. It's this passion that leads him from his native Chicago to 1990s Glasgow to scout out the prospects for a US coffee franchise. ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Hamish Hamilton (first published March 1st 2009)
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Benjamin Obler
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I recommend this book. But then I am not an impartial reader.
Alison Smith
Jul 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Very little action - too much belabouring of the cultural differences between USA & Scotland - oh come on! what did he expect? a dismally slow pace. I abandoned the book.
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It’s 1994, and Mel Podgorski – still in his early twenties, with a failed marriage behind him, and a year spent in the doldrums – gets another chance to make something of himself. He lands a job as a market researcher working on behalf of a large coffee chain, and is sent across the Atlantic to Glasgow, to scope out the competition. Whilst there, Mel finds himself falling for an art student named Nicole Marston – and gets caught up in the group of anti-motorway protestors to which she belongs.

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I teach fiction fiction at Gotham Writer's Workshop in New York City.

My first novel, Javascotia, came out from Penguin Books UK in 2009. In 2015 my story "The White Man's Incredulity Furrows His Brow" won the short fiction contest with the journal PUERTO DEL SOL. In 2016, I published essays with the Guardian, LongReads, Electric Literature, and The Times (of London) magazine.
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