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Publisher Comments:

Steven Armour, though only forty, is already fighting off a midlife crisis — his once-brilliant career fizzling, his marriage going stale, his inner life taking strange, disorienting turns. Then, on an impulse, Steven joins a group of Civil War reenactors, and much to his own and everyone else's amazement, his life suddenly turns around. Assigned to portray a Connecticut private named John Trow, Steven throws himself into the weekend exercises with a zeal and confidence he never knew he possessed. He effortlessly masters the Union Army's complex drills, he bonds with the other men in his regiment, and he becomes infatuated, and then passionately obsessed with Polly Kellogg, the regiment captain's wife. Indeed, so thoroughly does Steven Armour embrace the ghostly life of Civil War Private John Trow that his own identity begins to slip through his fingers with deadly consequences.

Review:

"[A] darkly comic second novel....Dyja skillfully and humorously evokes the constant...pop culture static that clouds Steven's vision....Though he sometimes lays the lingo — contemporary and 19th century — on thick, he charts Steven's identity crisis with sympathy and a healthy hint of sarcasm, concluding with a clever and intriguing twist." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An unfortunately sluggish first 50 pages give little hint of the riches of characterization, plot, and theme to be found in this superb second novel....[A] terrific subject, seldom if ever previously treated in fiction....And it climaxes stunningly....Every bit as entertaining and gripping as it is ingenious." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Thomas Dyja's haunting novel unfolds like a new-millennium Babbitt with a supernatural twist....Dyja unpacks plausible surprises as he lampoons the modern obsession with nostalgia and explores the very nature of identity. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[W]ondrous, wry and moving...a joy...a novel as surprising as it is poignant." Chris Bohjalian, The Washington Post

Review:

"Part social satire, part ghost story, this delightful, entertaining novel should be a hit..." Boston Herald

Review:

"A fine novel that draws you in slowly, then grips you tightly and holds you to its surprising ending." Seattle Times

Review:

"Thomas Dyja has written a genuinely weird second novel....Dyja treats his somewhat silly premise with the right balance of suspense and good humor. He skirts the supernatural angle without producing an out-and-out ghost story and satirizes the bloodless corporate politics of the Internet gold rush without descending into parody." Adam Mazmanian, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Dyja's] depictions of life in present-day small town America, the smoke screen allure of simpler times, the hollow romance of Civil War history, Steven Armour's descent into schizoid delusion as John Trow all hit the bull's-eye with unerring accuracy. Meet John Trow is alternately hilarious and harrowing, touching and perturbing. From start to finish, it is consistently entertaining." Providence Journal

Review:

"Chucking it all is an urge every twenty-first century American occasionally feels, or ought to. In Meet John Trow, Thomas Dyja uses that impulse to drive a novel that's part business satire, part domestic drama, part postmodern ghost story. And the whole thing works like a dream." Kurt Anderson, bestselling author of Turn of the Century

About the Author

Thomas Dyja's first novel, Play for a Kingdom, was named one of the best novels of 1998 by Library Journal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670030996
Author:
Dyja, Tom
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Author:
Dyja, Thomas L.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Virginia
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Connecticut
Subject:
Historical reenactments
Subject:
Cold Harbor, Battle of, Va., 18
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
report no.01-103
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
355 p.
Dimensions:
9.24x6.24x1.18 in. 1.40 lbs.

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Product details 355 p. pages Viking Books - English 9780670030996 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] darkly comic second novel....Dyja skillfully and humorously evokes the constant...pop culture static that clouds Steven's vision....Though he sometimes lays the lingo — contemporary and 19th century — on thick, he charts Steven's identity crisis with sympathy and a healthy hint of sarcasm, concluding with a clever and intriguing twist."
"Review" by , "An unfortunately sluggish first 50 pages give little hint of the riches of characterization, plot, and theme to be found in this superb second novel....[A] terrific subject, seldom if ever previously treated in fiction....And it climaxes stunningly....Every bit as entertaining and gripping as it is ingenious."
"Review" by , "Thomas Dyja's haunting novel unfolds like a new-millennium Babbitt with a supernatural twist....Dyja unpacks plausible surprises as he lampoons the modern obsession with nostalgia and explores the very nature of identity. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "[W]ondrous, wry and moving...a joy...a novel as surprising as it is poignant."
"Review" by , "Part social satire, part ghost story, this delightful, entertaining novel should be a hit..."
"Review" by , "A fine novel that draws you in slowly, then grips you tightly and holds you to its surprising ending."
"Review" by , "Thomas Dyja has written a genuinely weird second novel....Dyja treats his somewhat silly premise with the right balance of suspense and good humor. He skirts the supernatural angle without producing an out-and-out ghost story and satirizes the bloodless corporate politics of the Internet gold rush without descending into parody."
"Review" by , "[Dyja's] depictions of life in present-day small town America, the smoke screen allure of simpler times, the hollow romance of Civil War history, Steven Armour's descent into schizoid delusion as John Trow all hit the bull's-eye with unerring accuracy. Meet John Trow is alternately hilarious and harrowing, touching and perturbing. From start to finish, it is consistently entertaining."
"Review" by , "Chucking it all is an urge every twenty-first century American occasionally feels, or ought to. In Meet John Trow, Thomas Dyja uses that impulse to drive a novel that's part business satire, part domestic drama, part postmodern ghost story. And the whole thing works like a dream."
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