"[Lock's fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights." --NPR
"[Lock] is one of the most interesting writers out there." --"Reader's Digest"
"Lock writes some of the most deceptively beautiful sentences in contemporary fiction. Beneath their clarity are layers of cultural and literary references, profound questions about loyalty, race, the possibility of social progress, and the nature of truth." --"Shelf Awareness"
In this panoramic tale of Manifest Destiny, Stephen Moran comes of age with the young country that he crosses on the Union Pacific, just as the railroad unites the continent. Propelled westward from his Brooklyn neighborhood and the killing fields of the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn, he befriends Walt Whitman, receives a medal from General Grant, becomes a bugler on President Lincoln's funeral train, goes to work for railroad mogul Thomas Durant, apprentices with frontier photographer William Henry Jackson, and stalks General George Custer. When he comes face-to-face with Crazy Horse, his life will be spared but his dreams haunted for the rest of his days.
By turns elegiac and comic, "American Meteor" is a novel of adventure, ideas, and mourning: a unique vision of America's fabulous and murderous history.
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 "Love Among the Particles," a "Shelf Awareness" Best Book of the Year, and "The Boy in His Winter," a re-envisioning of Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," which Scott Simon of NPR's "Weekend Edition" hailed for "mak[ing] Huck and Jim so real you expect to get messages from them on your iPhone." He lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey.