by Greg Baxter
Genre: Literary Fiction
Review: This is the literary novel at its best and at its worst. It is ruminative (which I like), but it takes itself too seriously at times.
A man is looking for an apartment in an unnamed European city. Saskia, a local, shows him around the city. He enjoys the Christmas markets, the snow, and the sense of hope involved in starting life again and looking for an apartment. There are flashbacks to his past life in the Army and as a civilian contractor in Iraq. There are long tangents about art, which I found annoying, even though I love art.