by Joseph O'Neill
The novel follows Hans van den Broek, a Dutch banker now working in New York City. After being forced out of their Manhattan loft because of their proximity to the 9/11 events, Hans's fearful wife promptly leaves with his son to return to her native London. Through seemingly serendipitous encounters, Hans becomes consumed with the hidden community of West Indian cricket and more specifically with Chuck Ramkissoon, a mysterious Trinidadian with an entrepreneurial spirit and dreams of transforming the entire country through cricket. With skillful, well-paced writing and intriguing circumstances, reviews comparing O'Neill to Banville and Fitzgerald are definitely appropriate.