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Her Name Was Lola

UK Publisher: Bloomsbury

‘This is it . . . this is my destiny woman,’ Max blurted out when he first met Lola Blessington at the Coliseum shop. Not only was Lola aristocratic and wild at heart, but the two had discovered an uncanny convergence of musical tastes.

Soon they were converging at every level – Lola filling Max’s emptiness and vice versa. But Max had also always craved the recognition of another sort of woman, the sort who had been Homecoming Queen at her high school – just as the tempting Lula Mae Flowers had been back in Texas.

Why did Max have to meet Lula Mae just when he’d found his destiny woman in Lola? And what everyone wanted to know was this: if Lola embodied everything Max longed for, how could there be anything left over for Texan ex-Homecoming Queens?

Russell Hoban’s hero is a man with a lot of remembering to do once Lola takes revenge by composing a raga of forgetfulness (and this is not something to try at home). In fact Max finds himself in a general quest for the beginnings of things – like a page one for either of the two books he is trying to write, or an answer to why his childhood memories always link Noah’s ark with the back of his grandfather’s boiler.