An elderly man living in present-day Los Angeles is forced to revisit the history he has spent years trying to deny-the tale of a young frontiersman who comes to New York City in 1901 and quickly finds a job digging the first subway tunnels. He meets a beautiful mathematical prodigy who speaks of the vanished Kingdom of Ohio. Against the electric, mazelike streets and tunnels of New York City at the beginning of the mechanical age, the couple will find themselves involved with Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan-and wrestling with the nature of history, technology, and the unfolding of time itself...
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Matthew Flaming was born in Los Angeles and studied philosophy at Hampshire College. He has an MFA from New York University. His work has appeared in 3River Review, Timber Creek Review, and Hobart Pulp. He lives in Portland.From AudioFile:
Recently arrived in Manhattan in 1900, Peter Force joins a labor crew that is helping to construct the new subway system. In New York he meets a mysterious woman who claims to have traveled into the future from a place he knows all too well. But the frontier kingdom never existed quite as she claims. Todd McClaren gives a soft-spoken, carefully navigated reading that allows the author's beautiful descriptions to woo the listener with their simplicity. McClaren's tone is straightforward, his pace relaxed. Overall, McClaren's delivery is so smooth that it's easy to get lost in this genre-crossing novel. L.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand new copy. Dispatched within 24 hours of receiving the order. Bookseller Inventory # 039524
Book Description Penguin, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 336 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0141047526