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Charyn faces the daunting task of fictionalizing the life of an American icon, but does so with aplomb. He traces the course of Abraham Lincoln’s life and times, utilizing the specter of mental illness within his family as a literary device connecting all the dots into a full-bodied portrait of the beloved, reviled, and doomed sixteenth president of the U.S. Beginning with Lincoln’s early years in Illinois, he traces his often tortuous path from the prairie to the presidency. By employing a first-person narrative, he is able to inject Lincoln’s inimitable intelligence, wit, and compassion into every page, as his homespun humor is underscored with his trademark pathos and humanity. As the nation arrives at the brink of destruction and his own family faces their own monumental struggles under the national microscope, the range and depth of his commitment to his family and to his country are revealed. The legend of Lincoln continues to fascinate, and this compulsively readable fictional autobiography approaches the man and the myth from a fresh new angle. --Margaret Flanagan

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""The novel...succeeds in making the legendary figure more accessible, using Lincoln's lifelong battle with depression as an avenue through which to explore his life and perspective... A warts-and-all portrayal, not only of the lead, but of central supporting figures, most especially his tempestuous and difficult wife, Mary. Charyn has managed to craft a fictional autobiography that rings emotionally true."" - Publishers Weekly

""I Am Abraham is not only the best novel about President Lincoln since Gore Vidal's Lincoln in 1984, but it is also twice as good to read."" - Gabor Boritt, author of The Lincoln Enigma and recipient of the National Humanities Medal

""Audacious as ever, Jerome Charyn now casts his novelist's gimlet eye on sad-souled Abraham Lincoln, a man of many parts, who controls events and people - wife, sons, a splintering nation - even though they often are, as they must be, beyond his compassion or power. Brooding, dreamlike, resonant, and studded with strutting characters, I Am Abraham is as wide and deep and morally sure as its wonderful subjects."" - Brenda Wineapple, author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compassion: 1848-1877

""If all historians - or any historian - could write with the magnetic charm and authoritative verve of Jerome Charyn, American readers would be fighting over the privilege of learning about their past. They can learn much from this book - an audacious, first-person novel that makes Lincoln the most irresistible figure of a compelling story singed with equal doses of comedy, tragedy, and moral grandeur. Here is something beyond history and approaching art."" - Harold Holzer, chairman, Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

""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. Whatever milieu he chooses to inhabit, his characters sizzle with life, and his sentences are pure vernacular music, his voice unmistakable."" - Jonathan Lethem

""Charyn, like Nabokov, is that most fiendish sort of writer - so seductive as to beg imitation, so singular as to make imitation impossible."" - Tom Bissell

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  • File Size: 2269 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; Reprint edition (February 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DX5X80S
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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