At the Edge of America by Allen FrostAt the Edge of America by Allen Frost

At the Edge of America

byAllen FrostIllustratorRuth Hulbert

Paperback | June 14, 2016

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Two connected novels (Bagdad Butterfly of Panama, and Waterstories) in one book. Travel through time, life and death, air and water, as you move across a mythical America in this pair of mysterious, poetic adventures. In 1989, Allen Frost wrote these legends in NYC, inspired by the soul of that big city, and the experience of a gothic winter visit to Cape Cod.

Title:At the Edge of AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.57 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:good deed rainLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1945176601

ISBN - 13:9781945176609


Table of Contents

lighter than americaplastic flowersit was goneleaving america in moviesballoonless with the buffaloesthe island of mauritius is a jeweladvice from a caterpillarwhat people missed they dreamedwaitressingsorryevolutionwhere she had beenshe had been turned into a robotseethe blue white housethe savior and his edenbreathing extinction like a cigarettegetting cinematizedfeathers far as moons apartas a butterfly in panama6 national geographicsfree from the blue white housethe civil warthe war with japangone with wax(50¢)dreamlandthe lonely parts of the country have befriended the televisionhistories of summerthe magician's best efforts couldn't return the dodoin the museum of american historybarnstorming1937 pancakespeace on earth in the days of the new, new deala trailer park of fire applesrosa parksimaginary telephone bookshe wasn't most of the peoplethe people of lakehurst talk in disaster metaphorsindustrial revolutionshoudini's arsonist childhoodrosetta stonebutterfly countdownall was said and done in hieroglyphicsamerica (strangely enough)with alice fallingthe history of america as rememberedalice again1956 glassthe ruins of the land once alivenostalgiaat the edge of americathe moment that waterfalleddictators and butterfl iessunken nursery rhymeanother north dakotamark twainswidow's walkreamericaa tragedy of seashellsthe fireplace arlingtonthe rain in the shine of 'no vacancy' neonthere were flowers and also sandwicheshow she was captured on film15 mph from godsocialist photographerswalt whitman's sunken treasurethe stone memory of her movingher reflection in icegeorge washington to the rescuethe rediscovery of goodwaxwater rocketsthe first cluea clue leads to troublereconsideringthe blinking mirrorthe moving of the trees he ranairwavesthe island seedin the dream she hadeverything that was done was done quietlyblack coffeethe atmospherewatchingthe monsterhandsbrokena tragedy of closing doorsdown the rabbit hole

Editorial Reviews

"balloonless with the buffaloes," "what people missed, they dreamed," "the savior and his eden" - the chapter titles read as miniature poems. They evoke miniature worlds. Welcome to the vast and constantly shifting imaginary of Allen Frost. I had heard about Allen Frost before Imet him, way back in 1986. My friend Neal told me that this friend of his had written a novel while in high school, called Blue Anthem Wailing... Blue Anthem Wailing, that title haunted me: its rhythm, which seems to build until the penultimate syllable, WAI-ling; its intrigue, which is generated by the synesthesia of the phrase - the anthem has a color; the energy of the phrase, three words that each spark individually, but that generate a flame when strung together. I then began to hear about the content of the book. One of the characters was a man named "Danny" who ran the hot dog stand in the center of a small town and seemed to be a big gaseous, benevolent guy but actually wore a KKK robe beneath his hotdog vendor garb.An America that hides its mendacity behind the face of a gladhanding fool; language and wordclusters that intoxicate and even threaten to distract the reader from the narrative, but that are actually crucial incantations that cannot be separated from the multi-layered and constantlymorphing worlds of the story -- as a teenager, Allen Frost was already forging key elements ofhis voice and vision. This voice and vision are in full flower in the two novels contained in At the Edge of America. A hot air balloon travels across North American geography and North American history; a man inhabits the consciousness of a dodo as this creature witnesses invasion and pillage; and we learn what could possibly be meant by the phrase, "Houdini's Arsonist Childhood." Allen Frost territory is one where the dark riddles of the "old, weird America," described by Greil Marcus in his book about Bob Dylan's Th e Basement Tapes, are allowed to roam free and where characters must find love in these haunted landscapes if they are to survive.From the Foreword, by Dan Hanrahan