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American Meteor

by Norman Lock

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American Meteor by Norman Lock
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2015
    208 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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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, becomes a bugler on President Lincoln's funeral train, apprentices with frontier photographer William Henry Jackson, and stalks General George Custer. When he comes face-to-face with Crazy Horse, his life will be spared but his dreams haunted for the rest of his days.

By turns elegiac and comic, American Meteor is a novel of adventure, ideas, and mourning: a unique vision of America's fabulous and murderous history.

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"Starred Review. [T]his feels like a campfire tale, an old-fashioned yarn full of rich historical detail about hard-earned lessons and learning to do right." - Publishers Weekly

"Most of the story will seem familiar to any student of American history, but [Lock] writes beautifully, with many subtle, complex insights, such as, 'There is no greater infidelity than memory's desertion,' 'Behind every gunman stands another gunman,' and 'It takes time to perfect cruelty.'" - Booklist

"This novel memorably encompasses grand themes and notions of transcendence without ever losing sight of the grit and moral horrors present in the period." - Kirkus

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Norman Lock

Norman Lock is the award-winning author of novels, short fiction, and poetry, as well as stage, radio, and screenplays. His recent works of fiction include Love Among the Particles, a Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year, and The Boy in His Winter, a re-envisioning of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which Scott Simon of NPR's Weekend Edition hailed for "mak[ing] Huck and Jim so real you expect to get messages from them on your iPhone." He lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

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