Johnny One Eye: A Tale Of The American Revolution by Jerome CharynJohnny One Eye: A Tale Of The American Revolution by Jerome Charyn

Johnny One Eye: A Tale Of The American Revolution

byJerome Charyn

Paperback | January 27, 2009

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Johnny One-Eye is bringing about the rediscovery of one of the most "singular and remarkable [careers] in American literature" (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World). In this picaresque tour de force that reanimates Revolutionary Manhattan through the story of double agent John Stocking, the bastard son of a whorehouse madam and possibly George Washington, Jerome Charyn has given us one of the most memorable historical novels in years. As Johnny seeks to unlock the mystery of his birth and grapples with his allegiances, he falls in love with Clara, a gorgeous, green-eyed octoroon, the most coveted harlot of Gertrude's house. The wild parade of characters he encounters includes Benedict Arnold, the Howe brothers, "Sir Billy" and "Black Dick," and a manipulative Alexander Hamilton.Not since John Barth's The Sotweed Factor and Gore Vidal's Burr has a novel so dramatically re-created America's historical beginnings. Reading group guide included.
Jerome Charyn's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, Narrative, Ellery Queen, and other magazines. His most recent novel is I Am Abraham. He lived for many years in Paris and currently resides in Manhattan.
Title:Johnny One Eye: A Tale Of The American RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 27, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393333957

ISBN - 13:9780393333954


Editorial Reviews

Jerome Charyn is one of the most important writers in American literature. — Michael Chabon

Jerome Charyn is merely one of our finest writers, with a polymorphous imagination and crack comic timing. — Jonathan Lethem

Bawdy, savage, and tender. — Entertainment Weekly

A breathless and poignant tour de force. — Bookforum