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"Phong Nguyen takes on American history and literature in this captivating novel. Writing about a marginal character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he illuminates the marginal characters of American culture in the 19th century. The imaginative return of an adult Tom Sawyer is alone worth the price of this book." - Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, on The Advenstures of Joe Harper by Phong Nguyen.
"Fans of Patricia Highsmith and her literary creature “Talented” Tom Ripley will recognize this as an homage of sorts. A metafictional duet between a semi-closeted author and the semi-closeted character she’s made her career on—refereed with icy detachment by Winner’s narrator—Tyler’s Last is a literary thriller that hits on both counts..." - Kurt Baumeister at The Nervous Breakdown on Tyler's Last by David Winner
“Micah Perks’ wonderful and surprising new novel proves that the life of a small-town schoolteacher can be by turns comic, dramatic, joyful, and violent. For one thing, its wise and observant narrators are unborn twins. . .” - Alison Lurie on What Becomes Us by Micah Perks
For fame and gold and vengeance. For a capital G God, or at least some lowercase substitutes.
but then again you mightn’t have abandoned all your kin and returned home ten years on. . .
And then, one day, they started calling me Dogsucker.
Why is Stewart chasing this man? We will never know.
Inspired by the lives and careers Cardinal Francis Spellman and Cardinal Richard Cushing.
But like anything on a sea, he floats, he is above.
They come and go wrapped like gypsies at a carnival, sounding like artists, smelling of mildew. I can’t take them anymore.
I get distracted by other things.