Howell Bourne believes an international banking conspiracy is causing American farms to fail, and when two professors from Russia visit a nearby college, he thinks God has encouraged him to kidnap them. His sister Bailey, an aspiring witch, and Maggie Esterhaczy, a beautiful psychologist obsessed with the threat of nuclear war, are two of the characters who get swept up in the ensuing events, which change the lives of all concerned: Ryland Guthrie, the hypochondriacal manager of an elegant furniture store - "the finest store in Felicity, Indiana"; his brother Peale, whose lifelong run of good luck has recently ended when he won election as the sheriff of Rock County; the ebullient Ada Esterhaczy, an eighty-six-year-old Hungarian herbalist who is determined to get her granddaughter Maggie pregnant; and a large cast of canines with whom the humans’ lives are intertwined. During the sweep of several days in spring, these characters and the two Russians - as unlikely a pair as Laurel and Hardy - discover the beauty of the threads that bind them and their still-lovely planet together.
Original title: Binding Spell
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Eccentric People