Lone Stars : Set amid the arid beauty of central Texas, Lone Stars tells the tale of two eccentric exiles, Stas and Lupe, who are struggling to maintain their identity and their relationship amid the myriad distractions of contemporary American culture. Stas, a Polish émigré, is torn by his conflicting ambitions as an artist and a stock market speculator. Stas's wife, Lupe, is a young Mexican artist, twenty years his junior. When Lupe's career suddenly blossoms, just as Stas's interest in art is supplanted by his passion for the stock market, the calm surface of their lives is roiled by the undercurrents of loneliness and jealousy each of them feels. A classic triangle quickly develops. Although his marriage to Lupe holds more richness for Stas than he ever thought possible, his former lover - the sensuous, exotic Gosia - torments his memory and disturbs his dreams. And when Lupe develops a passionate friendship with Gosia, Stas is filed with dismay. By turns provocative, quirky, and humorous, Lone Stars is a deliciously off-beat novel that offers an original view of American life in all its shimmering grotesquerie and glory.