Bibliophilia: A Novella And Stories : With the publication of his first novel, Spikes, Michael Griffith burst onto the literary scene, eliciting comparisons to Nabokov, Saul Bellow, and E. L. Doctorow. With this, his scintillating new work of fiction, he again proves that he is "one of the finest young writers in America" (Houston Chronicle). In the title novella, "Bibliophilia," the unlikely protagonist is a postmenopausal university librarian pressed into reluctant duty as a "sex cop," whose job is to troll the stacks for students intent in illicit coupling among the classics. The stories are equally zany and wide-ranging, featuring, among others: a hair scientist who is going bald; an English professor trapped in a monkey cage; a mother who hands her toddler to a mugger while she rummages for money in her purse. What the stories have in common is an astute mixture of comedy and pathos. Taking seemingly ludicrous premises, Griffith manages, in surprising ways, to render them poignant.