Synopses & Reviews
"Kennedy writes with verve and nerve. His wit, always sharp, has rarely been sharper. He paints a full and lively canvas...Quinn s Book casts a lovely light, indeed." -- Stephen King
From the moment he rescues the beautiful, passionate Maud Fallon from the icy waters of the Hudson one wintry day in 1849, Daniel Quinn, a twelve-year-old orphan, is thrust into a bewildering, adventure-filled journey through the tumult of nineteenth-century America. As he quests after the beguiling and elusive Maud (she s fourteen), Daniel will witness the rise and fall of great dynasties in upstate New York, epochal prize fights, exotic life in the theater, visitations from spirits beyond the grave, horrific battles between Irish immigrants and the "Know-Nothings," the vicious New York draft riots, heroic passages through the Underground Railroad, and the bloody despair of the Civil War.
Filled with Dickensian characters, a vivid sense of history, and marvelously inventive humor, Quinn s Book is an engaging delight by a modern master.
"Engrossing and eerily profound." -- Time
"Our history comes to us, grandiloquent and ennobled, translated by Kennedy back into a language of the heart." -- San Francisco Chronicle"
About the Author
, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy brought his native city to literary life in many of his works. The Albany cycle, includes Legs
, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game
, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed
. The versatile Kennedy wrote the screenplay for Ironweed
, the play Grand View
, and cowrote the screenplay for the The Cotton Club
with Francis Ford Coppola. Kennedy also wrote the nonfiction O Albany!
and Riding the Yellow Trolley Car
. Some of the other works he is known for include Roscoe
and Very Old Bones
Kennedy is a professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Literary Lions Award from the New York Public Library, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Governor’s Arts Award. Kennedy was also named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and a member of the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities.