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Piv and Robin are not such an unlikely match. Piv, a small-time hustler in Thailand, and Robin, a twenty-something backpacker from the United States, have always dreamed big dreams. What begins as a traveler's affair in Sukhothal quickly intensifies, and the young lovers envision an idyllic future together, traveling the world. Their plans are thwarted in Bangkok, however, when Robin runs out of money, her credit is denied, and she may have to leave Asia and Piv behind. Desperate, Piv turns to Abu, a charasmatic businessman acquaintance, for help. Thus, Piv and Robin become embroiled in the dangerous world of international animal trafficking in this exotic literary thriller.

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"Currency is...a story that asks questions about home and happiness, while deftly taking us into a society’s underworld where ethics are eclipsed by desperation, lust, and greed." Shilpa Agarwal, author of Haunting Bombay

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"Zoe Zolbrod writes with authority about little known parts of Thailand in prose so beautiful I found myself conflicted between savoring every word and rushing to see what would happen next." Ladette Randolph, author of A Sandhills Ballad and editor-in-chief of Ploughshares

Synopsis:

Robin, an American backpacker low on money but infatuated with travel and beauty, and Piv, her charismatic Thai lover who dreams of a better life, become embroiled in the dangerous world of international animal trafficking in this exotic literary thriller.

Synopsis:

Cross-cultural lovers in Thailand become embroiled in the dangerous and exotic world of animal trafficking.

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Zoe Zolbrod studied at both Oberlin and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is been a Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt. She also was co-publisher of Maxine, a literate companion for churlish girls and rakish women.

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J Raimo, August 17, 2010 (view all comments by J Raimo)
This book focuses on the relationship of Robin, a young American backpacker touring Thailand, and Piv, her Thai boyfriend. Robin and Piv have known each other for only a short time and each isn't quite sure of the other's intentions. Yet they are very attracted to one another--perhaps even in love. Both think vaguely and romantically of some sort of export business they could work together to help them extend their vacation love affair indefinitely. Unfortunately, Robin has run out of money and the two become involved with some seriously shady characters in an attempt to make money and stay together.

Robin and Piv are both sympathetic characters, but they are complicated. Robin's attraction to Piv may largely stem from the thrill of the new, the different, the "other." And Piv, for his part, has made a sort of living off of tourist girls. He is not one to work hard and is always looking for a way to scam himself into a better life. His actions have been fairly harmless to date, but his character is questionable.

The ambivalence Robin and Piv feel towards one another rings very true, especially since they've known one another for such a short time--and since they each have reason to be uncertain about the other. Yet I was rooting for them to be together and to find a way to make it all work out. I saw their relationship as a sort of dramatic stand-in for every relationship in its early stages, when we ask ourselves: "How much do I know this person? Is s/he who I think s/he is? Maybe s/he's a jerk or worse--but damn, I'm so attracted!" Robin and Piv, of course, have it worse since they also face daunting cultural conflicts.

The book is also highly visual--the scenes played out so clearly it was practically as if a movie screen was before my eyes. The action gets intense and the author brings it all to a thrilling climax. But for me, the quieter questions of identity and trust were the heart of this book. Highly recommended.
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Angela Bowman, August 17, 2010 (view all comments by Angela Bowman)
I can think of very few writers who can pull off such a combination of high drama, suspense, and breathtaking lyricism. What begins as an intimate and unusual love story somehow escalates into a gripping tale of international intrigue without a whiff of melodrama (not a whiff!). It is at once wild and utterly believable, with every motive and emotion rooted in natural, candid, absorbing human detail.

I could not put the thing down. I finished it in two days. I felt anxious when I had to be away from it. I wanted to read slowly and savor it, but I could not stop turning the pages! Every reader should suffer such a plight.

We are lucky that this book exists. Don't miss it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780982520437
Author:
Zolbrod, Zoe
Publisher:
Other Voices
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Romantic suspense fiction.
Subject:
Smuggling
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 in 12.5 oz

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"Review" by , "Currency is...a story that asks questions about home and happiness, while deftly taking us into a society’s underworld where ethics are eclipsed by desperation, lust, and greed."
"Review" by , "Zoe Zolbrod writes with authority about little known parts of Thailand in prose so beautiful I found myself conflicted between savoring every word and rushing to see what would happen next."
"Synopsis" by , Robin, an American backpacker low on money but infatuated with travel and beauty, and Piv, her charismatic Thai lover who dreams of a better life, become embroiled in the dangerous world of international animal trafficking in this exotic literary thriller.
"Synopsis" by , Cross-cultural lovers in Thailand become embroiled in the dangerous and exotic world of animal trafficking.
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