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"[Lock's fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights." --NPR "[Lock] is one of the most interesting writers out there." --"Reader's Digest" "Lock writes some of the most deceptively beautiful sentences in contemporary fiction. Beneath their clarity are layers of cultural and literary references, profound questions about loyalty, race, the possibility of social progress, and the nature of truth." --"Shelf Awareness" In this panoramic tale of Manifest Destiny, Stephen Moran comes of age with the young country that he crosses on the Union Pacific, just as the railroad unites the continent. Propelled westward from his Brooklyn neighborhood and the killing fields of the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn, he befriends Walt Whitman, receives a medal from General Grant, becomes a bugler on President Lincoln's funeral train, goes to work for railroad mogul Thomas Durant, apprentices with frontier photographer William Henry Jackson, and stalks General George Custer.

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Norman Lock

"[Norman Lock's fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights." (NPR)

"Lock has embarked on a fascinating intellectual and artistic endeavor: engaging American writers from the 19th century through a series of speculative historical novels. . . ." (Library Journal)

The best of our nineteenth-century literature was not small, nor did it consider ethical, political, or social ideas outside the jurisdiction of fiction. My ambition is to confer on readers a larger view of the American present by writing essential stories of a nation being violently made and remade and to undertake the rescue from oblivion certain experiences missing from the national memory.
Other of Norman Lock's books published by Bellevue Literary Press are The Port-Wine Stain, American Meteor, The Boy in His Winter, as well as Love Among the Particles. He has won The Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and has been awarded writing fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

"Unflinching, penetrative, and bravely earnest. . . . With melodic prose that marvelously captures [the narrator's] searing insights and rich observations, Lock's imaginative novel is a stunning meditation on idealism and the cost of humanity." (Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review, Pick of the Week)

"Lock's novel engages not merely with [Edgar Poe] but with decadent fin de siècle art and modernist literature that raised philosophical and moral questions about the metaphysical relations among art, science and human consciousness. The reader is just as spellbound by Lock's story as [his novel's narrator] is by Poe's . . . in this mesmerizingly twisted, richly layered homage to a pioneer of American Gothic fiction." (New York Times Book Review)

"Like all Mr. Lock's books, this is an ambitious work, where ideas crowd together on the page like desperate men on a battlefield." (Wall Street Journal)

". . . one of the most interesting writers out there. This time, he re-imagines Huck Finn's journeys, transporting the iconic character deep into America's past--and future." (Reader's Digest)

LEARN MORE ABOUT LOCK'S AMERICAN NOVELS at Bellevue Literary Press: http://blpress.org/books/fugitive-walden-woods/

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