About the Book:
Johnny One-Eye is bringing about the rediscovery of one of the most “singular and remarkable [careers] in American literature” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World). In this picaresque tour de force that reanimates Revolutionary Manhattan through the story of double agent John Stocking, the bastard son of a whorehouse madam and possibly George Washington, Jerome Charyn has given us one of the most memorable historical novels in years. As Johnny seeks to unlock the mystery of his birth and grapples with his allegiances, he falls in love with Clara, a gorgeous, green-eyed octoroon, the most coveted harlot of Gertrude’s house. The wild parade of characters he encounters includes Benedict Arnold, the Howe brothers, “Sir Billy” and “Black Dick,” and a manipulative Alexander Hamilton.
Not since John Barth’s The Sotweed Factor and Gore Vidal’s Burr has a novel so dramatically re-created America’s historical beginnings. Reading group guide included.
JEROME CHARYN (born May 13, 1937) 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.
I could actually feel myself getting pulled into another era in time, among characters that become a part of you, and a setting that engulfs you. Mixed in with the characters and the plot, is a bit of mystery with the spies, making this full of twists and turns. Johnny One Eye’s journey through the RW was intriguing to “watch” and seeing things through his point of view was phenomenal.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you are history lover, or into the novels that include wars as the backdrop of settings. You’ll find yourself on a roller coaster of ups, downs, twists and turns as you loose yourself in this 5 star fantastic read. Jerome Charyn’s writing style is VERY unique and skillful,and I am anxious to dive into more of his great work!
Thanks to the publisher, I have a copy of this book to giveaway to one lucky person.
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