Bruce Stevens is a successful young buyer for the CBB discount house in Reno and he cruises around the Western States in his ’55 Mercury checking out likely deals. But when he meets Susan Faine, the part-owner of an ailing typewriter store in Boise, Idaho, a more attractive proposition comes his way.
Susan is ten years older than Bruce and recently divorced. They’ve also met before, when she was his teacher in fifth grade. But she wants someone to manage the store and he’s keen to try. Then one thing leads to another and within days they are married. Milton Lumky, the enigmatic paper salesman, is filled with foreboding…
In Milton Lumky Territory is a haunting novel of American small-town life in the 1950s, one of the fine mainstream works from Philip K. Dick, now universally recognized as one of the most compelling and sensitive chroniclers of life and love of the period.