First reading. Los Angeles. December 2014

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By Carl Oprey

Out of work actress and would-be Siren, Cyprian Beach, regularly supplies books from Princeton, New Jersey to ‘Shakespeare and Company’ – her sister Sylvia’s small bookshop in Paris. However, when Cyprian receives a visit from U.S. customs officials, her life becomes embroiled within the most famous literary obscenity case America and the modern world had yet witnessed: The United States versus James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ – the only book which Sylvia has actually published.

 

 


 

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