THE PAUL ALLEN READER is an introduction to the work of Paul Allen spanning four decades of writing and including extended excerpts of six of his novels, revealing an extraordinary range and stylistic virtuosity: the realistic, the surrealistic, the historical, the contemporary, and the thriller. In Apeland, there is a grotesque and bizarre hunt for a gorilla escaped from a roadside zoo. In Master of Breath, an Indian uprising in Depression era Florida has a bloodthirsty war party pursued by a posse across the Everglades. Negro Fort is the true and unknown story of a stronghold of runaway slaves and renegade Indians, an adventure about the quest for freedom. Never A Soldier is a crime thriller and coming of age story with a father who likes to drag along his teenage son as his unwilling accomplice. Asking For It is a love story set in the aftermath of the Iraq war. Mr. Black And White follows an Obama speechwriter who does not get the promised administration job, loses everything, and sets out with all he has left, his car and his dog, for California, where his adventures begin and the troubles we all face in twenty-first century America come to life.
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