Author(s): E. L. Doctorow
This brilliant new novel by an American master, the author of Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March, takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been an inadvertent agent of disaster. Speaking from an unknown place and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is thinking, Andrew is talking, Andrew is telling the story of his life, his loves, and the tragedies that have led him to this place and point in time. And as he confesses, peeling back the layers of his strange story, we are led to question what we know about truth and memory, brain and mind, personality and fate, about one another and ourselves. Written with psychological depth and great lyrical precision, this suspenseful and groundbreaking novel delivers a voice for our times-funny, probing, skeptical, mischievous, profound.
The brilliant new novel by an American master.
Mind-bending and brilliant ... an astonishing range of modes: vaudeville humour, tragic romance, philosophical speculation ... it fizzes with intellectual energy, verbal pyrotechnics and satiric flair. It is a late-career tour de force Sunday Times Assured and visually striking Independent Ambitious, finely wrought, posing questions that cut to the heart of identity and storytelling Daily Mail [Doctorow] is a brilliant, careful observer ... he has a poet's flair Times Literary Supplement Assured in combining the historical and grand with the ordinary and affecting - this is clearly an E. L. Doctorow novel ... For more than five decades, Doctorow has written novels that jolt American history to life New Statesman
E. L. Doctorow's novels include Homer & Langley, The March, City of God, The Waterworks, Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, Lives of the Poets, World's Fair, and Billy Bathgate. Among Doctorow's honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. E. L. Doctorow lives in New York.