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A Novel

By Toby Barlow

By the author of Sharp Teeth, a novel of love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris—and a cop turned into a flea

Will is a young American ad executive in Paris. Except his agency is a front for the CIA. It's 1959 and the cold war is going strong. But Will doesn't think he's a warrior—he's just a good-hearted Detroit ad guy who can't seem to figure out Parisian girls.

Zoya is a beautiful young woman wandering les boulevards, sad-eyed, coming off a bad breakup. In fact, she impaled her ex on a spike. Zoya, it turns out, has been a beautiful young woman for hundreds of years; she and her far more traditionally witchy-looking companion, Elga, have been thriving unnoticed in the bloody froth of Europe's wars.

Inspector Vidot is a hardworking Paris police detective who cherishes quiet nights at home. But when he follows a lead from a grisly murder to the abode of an ugly old woman, he finds himself turned into a flea.

Oliver is a patrician, fun-loving American who has come to France to start a literary journal with the help of friends in D.C. who ask a few favors in return. He's in well over his head, but it's nothing that a cocktail can't fix. Right?

Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of some more angry witches, a strung-out jazzman or two, a weaponized LSD program, and a cache of rifles buried in the Bois de Bologne—and that's a novel! But while Toby Barlow's Babayaga may start as just a joyful romp though the City of Light, it quickly grows into a daring, moving exploration of love, mortality, and responsibility.




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Format: Book
Author: Barlow, Toby
Title: Babayaga : a novel / Toby Barlow.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Subject: Americans -- France -- Fiction Detectives -- France -- Fiction. France -- Fiction
Isbn: 9780374107871 (hbk.) 0374107874 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: F Barlow
Oclc: 812252647
Bib Id: 444704

Format: Book
Author: Barlow, Toby
Title: Babayaga : a novel / Toby Barlow.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Description: 383 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Subjects: Americans -- France -- Fiction
Subjects: Detectives -- France -- Fiction.
Subjects: France -- Fiction
Genre: Occult fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
LCCN: 2013008712
ISBN: 9780374107871 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0374107874 (hbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: F Barlow