Solomon Singer is a middle-aged man who lives in a hotel for men in New York City. One night his solitary wanderings take him into a restaurant where he reads these words on the menu: ''The Westway Cafe -- where all your dreams come true. '' A soft-voiced waiter (metaphorically named Angel) welcomes him and invites him back. Each night Singer returns, ordering food and, silently, ordering his wishes for the things he remembers from an Indiana boyhood.
Cynthia Rylant has written more than 100 books, including Dog Heaven
, Cat Heaven
, and the Newbery Medal-winning novel Missing May
. She lives with her pets in Oregon.