New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590170311, 328pp.
Publication Date: January 31, 2003
Seated in a Paris cafe, a man glimpses another man, a shadowy figure hurrying for the train: Who is he? he wonders, How does he live? And instantly the shadow comes to life, precipitating a series of comic run-ins among a range of disreputable and heartwarming characters living on the sleazy outskirts of the city of lights. "Witch Grass" (previously titled "The Bark Tree") is a philosophical farce, an epic comedy, a mesmerizing book about the daily grind that is an enchantment itself.