Solomon’s Net by Lew Mermelstein (Ethiopia) Reading at Gallery Bookshop


Please join Lew (and other writers) on Thursday, July 15 at 6 PM (PDT) as he reads from his new novel Solomon’s Net.

Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino, California, requests that you register at their website:


Solomon’s Net – A Tale Of Madness

It’s the summer of 1973. Steve Williams, recently terminated Peace Corps Volunteer is being treated for paranoid schizophrenia by his doctors in Iowa. But Steve knows the real problem is evil Zar demons and only his Ethiopian lover Abebech can help. However, they’d never let Steve back into Ethiopia, not after what he did.

Based on real events, through Steve, we explore how delusional disorders were treated by Western psychiatry in the early 1970s. Through Abebech we learn how traditional Ethiopian healers treated madness.

Solomon’s Net: A Tale Of Madness
by Lew  Mermelstein (Ethiopia 1970 – 73)
Does Not Apply, publisher
January 2020
398 pages

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  • I hope you will be able to attend Lew Mermelstein’s 7/15 reading at Mendocino’s iconic Gallery Bookshop. I highly recommend reading this fascinating story based on Lew’s Peace Corps stint in Ethiopia in the early 1970’s.

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