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"Appel presents a cast of characters worthy of his quirky title. Among them Red Ziggy, a restaurateur from a distant planet who opens Birmingham, Alabama's only Latvian eatery, and Happy Gallows, a widower with granddaughter who advertises in the newspaper for 'housekeeping and discourse.' The topics are weighty -- abortion, climate change, cancer -- but the touch light enough to make you wonder whether you're reading miracles and conundrums of this world or some other."--George Harrar, author of Reunion at Red Paint Bay