“The language, the nutty plotting and even nuttier sendups of classic stereotypes are enough to make readers roar with laughter. Yet Ives (Scrib) delivers a pointed social commentary that not only steers clear of cynicism but preserves its narrator's sturdy idealism.”
“A thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking satire.”
—School Library Journal
“An abundantly optimistic take on the immigrant spirit and the American way.”
In a series of letters home to his friend Meero, Vospop Vsklzwczdztwczky (Voss for short) tells the hilarious story of how he smuggles himself to America in a crate of black-market cheese puffs with his gloomy father Bogdown and his nutty uncle Shpoont.
Settling into the rundown Slobovian section of town, Voss soon finds his first job by opening the door for debutante Tiffany McBloomingdale (an unheard-of act of politeness), rescues his father from a sinister hospital, and even gets the girl of his dreams, though not the one he expects!
Through Voss’s comically broken English, readers will find a remarkably fresh view of America. Brimming with pointed satire, a healthy dose of action, and a one-of-a-kind narrator, Voss’s crazy adventures are sure to leave a lasting impression.
David Ives first came to wide notice in the theatre with his one-act plays, of which he has written over three dozen both for theatre and the radio. The greater part of them are collected in the anthologies “All In The Timing” (originally an evening of six one-acts that won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award), “Time Flies”, and “The Other Woman and Other Short Plays”. He has been included in the Best Short Plays series seven times to date. He is also the author of three young-adult novels: Monsieur Eek, Scrib, and Voss. A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.