[Norman Locks fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights. NPRIn his third book of The American Novels series, Norman Lock recounts the story of a young Philadelphian, Edward Fenzil, who, in the winter of 1844, falls under the sway of two luminaries of the nineteenth-century grotesque imagination: Thomas Dent Mtter, a surgeon and collector of medical curiosities, and Edgar Allan Poe. As Fenzil struggles against the powerful wills that would usurp his identity, including that of his own malevolent doppelgnger, he loses his mind and his story to another.Norman Lock is the award-winning author of novels, short fiction, and poetry, as well as stage, radio, and screenplays. His recent works of fiction include the short story collection Love Among the Particles, a Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year, and three books in The American Novels series: The Boy in His Winter, a re-envisioning of Mark Twains classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that Scott Simon of NPRs Weekend Edition hailed for make[ing] Huck and Jim so real you expect to get messages from them on your iPhone; American Meteor, an homage to Walt Whitman and William Henry Jackson named a Firecracker Award finalist and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and The Port-Wine Stain, an homage to Edgar Allan Poe and Thomas Dent Mtter. Lock lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey.
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