Colin Cotterill – Pool and Its Role in Asian Communism
This is an earlier novel by the author of the popular “Dr. Siri” series of crime fiction stories. In this novel, set in 1970, a 65-year-old widower living in Indiana, Waldo Monk, is assigned to train a twenty-something Lao woman named Saifon in her new job as quality controller at a pool-ball factory. Saifon, who has come to the United States under “mysterious circumstances”, is oozing with attitude and hates just about everyone she meets, until she and Waldo forge an unlikely friendship. Wanting to discover the truth about her past, Saifon is determined to make enough money at the pool ball factory so that she can return to Laos. Described by the publisher as “a biting and hilarious comedy, the book alternates its setting between Indiana and war-time Laos.