Synopses & Reviews
A funny and heartwarming novel about a down-on-his-luck writer who finally finds success and love
Steven Kearney is a bumbling, overweight writer who has produced thousands of pages of novels, plays, and poemsnot a single one of which has ever been published. After being thrown out of his Manhattan apartment, Kearney is offered a position as playwright-in-residence for three months at the Creedemore Historical Society in Colorado, who want him to write and direct a historical play about the town. When Kearney arrives, all hell breaks loose. A dispute between an elderly landowner, Ticky Lettgo, and a young man named Red Fields escalates into a battle that pits local ranchers against a fringe anti-property group. Town sheriff Petey Meyers, still haunted by the death of his police partner, tries to keep the peace. As the national media descends on the town, the most extreme member of the activist group initiates a diabolical plan that could sabotage everything.
Amid all the tumult, Kearney pens a play that brilliantly captures the history of the town. In the process, he realizes hes too old to keep beating up on himself and finds lasting love. With its lively characters and spellbinding pace, Ron McLartys new novel is sure to please.
"Ambitious and consistently charming, this overstuffed third novel by the author of The Memory of Running is brimming with gems of richly observed smalltown life. In Creedemore, Colo., a land-rights dispute pitches locals against one another and attracts national media attention. Into the fray arrives Steven Kearney, a prolific New York author of unpublished novels, poems and plays, who has been invited by the Creedemore Historical Society to write and direct a play dramatizing the town's history. Steven's relocation sparks a colorful fish-out-of-water story populated with cowboys, environmental activists, hordes of reporters, performance artists, ecoterrorists and bona fide outlaws. Keeping the peace is sheriff Petey Myers, whose recollections of (and occasional conversations with) his slain partner provide some of the novel's finest moments. Sparkling, at times hilarious dialogue keeps many perhaps too many subplots moving. The depth of characters like Steven and Petey is contrasted by some of the minor characters, who can come off as stereotypes. Still, readers will root for the residents of Creedemore as they alternately divide over a trial and come together to stage the new play. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest meets A Confederacy of Dunces. McLartys storytelling skills shine in this ribald, riotously funny but also poignant novel. Youll never look at the theater or the state of Colorado in quite the same way after reading it. -- David Baldacci
"A rollicking, robust, Rabelaisian tale of common sense and neighborliness run amok."
" McLarty's storytelling skills shine in this ribald, riotously funny, but also poignant novel."
" If you enjoy your antiheroes scruffy and your comedy topped with a dollop of Americana, buy a ticket for Art in America."
-The Christian Science Monitor
McLarty pens a funny and heartwarming novel about a down-on-his-luck writer who finally finds success and love.
Withis firstwo novels , Ron McLarty won acclaim for fashioning authentic characters that hook readers from the first page. With Art in America
, McLarty has invented another unforgettable protagonist in one failed writer, Steven Kearney. Hired by the Creedemore Historical Society to write and direct a play about the rural Southern Colorado town, he unwittingly stumbles into a range war over property rights, a media circus, a diabolical plan that threatens the very safety of the town-and, with the help of a little romance, newfound self-confidence. With its sprawling cast of vivid characters and spellbinding pace, Art in America
confirms Ron McLarty's enormous talent.
About the Author
Ron McLarty is an award-winning actor and playwright best known for his appearances on television series, including Law and Order, Sex and the City, The Practice, and Judging Amy. He has appeared in films and on the stage, where he has directed many of his own plays.