|Author Monica Kulling|
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Narrated in Lincoln’s own voice, the tragicomic I Am Abraham promises to be the masterwork of Jerome Charyn’s remarkable career.
Since publishing his first novel in 1964, Jerome Charyn has established himself as one of the most inventive and prolific literary chroniclers of the American landscape. Here in I Am Abraham, Charyn returns with an unforgettable portrait of Lincoln and the Civil War. Narrated boldly in the first person, I Am Abraham effortlessly mixes humor with Shakespearean-like tragedy, in the process creating an achingly human portrait of our sixteenth President.
Tracing the historic arc of Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I Am Abraham hews closely to the familiar Lincoln saga. Charyn seamlessly braids historical figures such as Mrs. Keckley—the former slave, who became the First Lady's dressmaker and confidante—and the swaggering and almost treasonous General McClellan with a parade of fictional extras: wise-cracking knaves, conniving hangers-on, speculators, scheming Senators, and even patriotic whores.
We encounter the renegade Rebel soldiers who flanked the District in tattered uniforms and cardboard shoes, living in a no-man's-land between North and South; as well as the Northern deserters, young men all, with sunken, hollowed faces, sitting in the punishing sun, waiting for their rendezvous with the firing squad; and the black recruits, whom Lincoln’s own generals wanted to discard, but who play a pivotal role in winning the Civil War. At the center of this grand pageant is always Lincoln himself, clad in a green shawl, pacing the White House halls in the darkest hours of America’s bloodiest war.
Using biblically cadenced prose, cornpone nineteenth-century humor, and Lincoln’s own letters and speeches, Charyn concocts a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief, whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and sons—Robert, Willie, and Tad—is explored with penetrating psychological insight and the utmost compassion. Seized by melancholy and imbued with an unfaltering sense of human worth, Charyn’s President Lincoln comes to vibrant, three-dimensional life in a haunting portrait we have rarely seen in historical fiction.
Now I know the author researches his subjects and winds fact and fiction to seamlessly create a story to draw both history fans and fiction revelers, but I'm in a quandary as to who had the wool pulled over their eyes. If it was me? So be it. If it was the author....well, perhaps it wasn't wool in the first place but the mighty stroke of the pen creating a world so believable it is enough to get lost within. My suggestion? You be the judge. It's well worth the 400+ page read in either case.
Jerome Charyn is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him "one of the most important writers in American literature." New York Newsday hailed Charyn as "a contemporary American Balzac,"and the Los Angeles Times described him as "absolutely unique among American writers." Since the 1964 release of Charyn's first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture. Charyn was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until he left teaching in 2009. In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France. Noted novelist Don DeLillo called Charyn's book on table tennis, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, "The Sun Also Rises of ping-pong." Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
FIRST, let's check out a bit about the book hitting the shelves today....
Victoria Van Tiem
A contemporary romantic comedy.
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Sounds good, right?
Now, let's reveal a bit more about this BIG event!
Got your official invite?
If not....I've got a spare....
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This is an ALL DAY FACEBOOK Red Carpet Event.
Winners will be announced throughout the day.
-2 first prizes of $25 iTunes gift cards and free Ebook
★Win additional fun prizes throughout the day!
★Go behind the scenes!
★Meet the Cast!
Connect & socialize with her online ...
Sunday, February 23, 2014
The Roving Reader is back and boy have I scrounged up a title for you.
A SNICKER OF MAGIC
It looks to be about food and yet while it does have thosen ingredients, the jacket reveals it actually about a young girl that collects WORDS, a tiny town that's lost its spark, and her journey to unlock the magic hiding below the surface.
Sounds good, right?
*adds to wish list*
So, what have you discovered while out and about this weekend?
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Got a rare day off and thusly I'm staying mostly offline today. Still, had to share two new arrivals in my mailbox today.
The first is a signed edition of book 3 in a 6 book series, JOURNEY INTO THE REALM: THE STOLEN CHILD by Markelle Grabo. Feel free to search on my site for my coverage of the first two releases....
The second is a new to me author with a YA lit title focusing on a subject that may hit close to home, TENT CITY PRINCESS by Lynn Anns.
So I've shared mine, time to share yours!
What's crossed your doorstep or inbox this week? Do tell!
Until next time....happy reading.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
A strange little creature enters the lives of three tough guys at Higgins Elementary. And from that point on, pranks come back like boomerangs, smacking the bullies right in their fifth grade butts!Sully, the leader of the gang, is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. Sully learns that the creature’s job is to balance all the bad pranks the bullies have pulled over the years. Karmack warns that if this fails,“dreadful, awful doom” awaits them all.Sully soon realizes that he must save not only himself but his friends, who have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged by Karmack!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
|Author Janis Thomas|