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Her Name Was Lola (Novel, 2003)

‘This is it ... this is my destiny woman,' Max blurted out when he first met Lola at the Coliseum shop. Not only was she aristocratic and wild at heart, but the two 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 if Lola embodied everything Max longed for, how could there be anything left over for Texan ex-Homecoming Queens?

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"‘Hoban's writing is always a delight -exhilarating and inventive ... a treat to read' " Daily Mail


"‘This novel has great charm and grace ... and the sense of master playfully at work' " New Statesmen


"‘There are 75 chapters in this short novel. They are almost like haiku, each evoking a mood, a taste or a recollection, developing repeated themes of memory and desire, form and emptiness ... It is tougher, stranger and cleverer than whimsy. Hoban writes wonderfully' " Sunday Times


"‘The writing is crisp, the dialogue sharp and offbeat'" The Times

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