Author(s): T. C. Boyle
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award; 'not since Thomas Pynchon has any fresh American writer so cunningly lit the fuses of history so that they detonate in time recently past' (The Times)Walter Van Brunt is a dreamer, and a lover of drugs, alcohol and speed. He likes nothing better than to fly along on his motorbike, invincible and immortal. But one day, dodging a mysterious shadow on the road, he crashes into a barrier and loses his right foot. Walter is a descendant of Dutch yeomen and since the day of the accident he has been haunted by their ghosts. When he receives a new plastic foot he is determined to find his father who deserted his family years ago, and to uncover the secrets of his ancestors.