Summer on a Mountain of Spices

Life at a Catskill hotel in the last days of WWII and the first minutes of the atomic age. More

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About Harvey Jacobs

Harvey Jacobs is the award-winning author of "American Goliath" ("An inspired novel"—TIME Magazine). His short fiction has appeared in a wide spectrum of magazines in the USA and abroad including Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, New Worlds, and many anthologies. In addition to the novels and short stories, he has written widely for television, the Earplay Project for radio drama, and helped create and name the Obie Awards for the Village Voice. He was publisher of the counterculture newspaper, East. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Arts Council CAPS award for drama, a Playboy Fiction Award, and a Writers Guild of America script award.


A cheerful celebration of a big American myth... An inspired novel.
—TIME Magazine

Bells clanging, lights aflash, the plot's ball bangs and rebounds. . . . A wonderful and wonderfully funny book.
—James Sallis
LA Times

His characters are haunting. . . . I have rarely enjoyed finding a writer as much as I have enjoyed my own discovery of Jacobs.
—Robert Cromie
Chicago Tribune

He manages to satirize our all-too-human foibles and failures without becoming too blackly unforgiving.
—Thomas M. Disch
Washington Post

Quietly amused, wry approach that gives distinction to Mr. Jacobs' work . . . his dry humor would be hard to improve on.
—Elizabeth Easton
The Saturday Review

A wonderfully engrossing read. . . . I recommend it to everyone who has given up of ever again being entertained at such a high level of aspiration.
—Michael Moorcock

A bawdy, joyous romp . . . it's a wonderful book.
—Jack Dann

Look upon the amazing world of Harvey Jacobs! Come one, come all, for an experience never to be forgotten!
—Fred Chappell

Like Doctorow's Ragtime and George R. R. Martin's Fevre Dream, it's totally realized.
—Howard Waldrop

A great book should aspire (and succeed) in making you laugh, making you cry and just maybe, making you think. . . . Harvey's novels will do all that.
—John Pelan

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