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Tom Grogan is a stevedore on the 1890s New York City docks.
Tom dies unexpectedly and his wife Mary decides to carry on his business by taking Toms place.
It is not easy to maintain the fiction that she is Tom Grogan,
nor to keep the business afloat in the face of many challenges.
"A delightful love story of English Life -- a love story conducted along lines that are refreshingly novel. The story is told with a charm of style that will captivate the reader." -- Publishers Weekly 1909
"The American dream reveals itself to be a Lovecraftian nightmare in Mamatas's audacious first novel, set in the early 1960s, which goes on the
road with Kerouac, Cassady, and Cthulhu." -- Publishers Weekly
This novel was nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel in 2005, and made the Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List for books published in 2004.
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