Cold War Magic
Toby Barlow’s supernatural spy thriller
This novel explores numerous unexpected genres and manages to simultaneously follow four unique archetypal characters: Will, an ad executive from Detroit whose agency is a front for the CIA; Zoya, a seemingly beautiful young woman in Paris who is in actuality a centuries-old witch getting over a bad breakup; Inspector Vidot, a determined Parisian detective who unexpectedly finds himself turned into an insect; and Oliver, a flamboyant American who comes to Paris with hopes of starting up a literary journal. Their lives collide in unique and supernatural ways as they face hijinks, Parisian romance and Cold War espionage. A lighthearted story filled with cartoonish characters set against a backdrop of murder and witchcraft, Babayaga is filled with wacky and outlandish adventures that are sure to entertain.
Barlow is the critically acclaimed author of Sharp Teeth, a 2009 novel about werewolves and dogcatchers written completely in free-verse poetry. A graduate of St. John’s College in New Mexico, Barlow currently makes his home in Detroit. The author will appear at Boswell Book Co. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21.