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Festival for Three Thousand Maidens, by Richard Wiley

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Festival for Three Thousand Maidens is set in the 1960s, the era of war in Vietnam and riots and assassinations in the US; however, neither of these places figure directly in the story, but both reverberate like distant thunder coming ever close to the heartbeat of this story.


“In Festival for Three Thousand Maidens, Richard Wiley has given us a fascinating and utterly convincing portrait of a young man caught between two cultures and struggling to understand both.” —T. C. Boyle


Richard Wiley is author of numerous stories and the novels Soldiers In Hiding (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Best American Fiction), Fools’ GoldFestival for Three Thousand Maidens, and Indigo. His most recent novel, Commodore Perry’s Minstrel Show, was published by the Michener Series at the University of Texas Press in 2007. His novel The Book of Important Moments will be published in the fall of 2013.