Saturday, February 1, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway} I AM ABRAHAM by Jerome Charyn

Welcome to the I AM ABRAHAM book blog tour hosted by Tribute Books. Below you will find author and book info along with a review of I AM ABRAHAM from Mandy and a Rafflecopter giveaway. Enjoy!

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Jerome Charyn is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him "one of the most important writers in American literature." New York Newsday hailed Charyn as "a contemporary American Balzac," and the Los Angeles Times described him as "absolutely unique among American writers." Since the 1964 release of Charyn's first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture. Charyn was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until he left teaching in 2009.

In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France. Noted novelist Don DeLillo called Charyn's book on table tennis, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, "The Sun Also Rises of ping-pong." Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

About the Book:

ISBN #: 978-0871404275
Page Count: 464
Copyright: February 3, 2014
Publisher: Liveright
Prices/Formats: $12.99-$14.99 ebook; $26.95 hardcover
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Narrated in Lincoln’s own voice, the tragicomic I AM ABRAHAM promises to be the masterwork of Jerome Charyn’s remarkable career.

Since publishing his first novel in 1964, Jerome Charyn has established himself as one of the most inventive and prolific literary chroniclers of the American landscape. Here in I Am Abraham, Charyn returns with an unforgettable portrait of Lincoln and the Civil War. Narrated boldly in the first person, I Am Abraham effortlessly mixes humor with Shakespearean-like tragedy, in the process creating an achingly human portrait of our sixteenth President.

Tracing the historic arc of Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I Am Abraham hews closely to the familiar Lincoln saga. Charyn seamlessly braids historical figures such as Mrs. Keckley—the former slave, who became the First Lady's dressmaker and confidante—and the swaggering and almost treasonous General McClellan with a parade of fictional extras: wise-cracking knaves, conniving hangers-on, speculators, scheming Senators, and even patriotic whores.

We encounter the renegade Rebel soldiers who flanked the District in tattered uniforms and cardboard shoes, living in a no-man's-land between North and South; as well as the Northern deserters, young men all, with sunken, hollowed faces, sitting in the punishing sun, waiting for their rendezvous with the firing squad; and the black recruits, whom Lincoln’s own generals wanted to discard, but who play a pivotal role in winning the Civil War. At the center of this grand pageant is always Lincoln himself, clad in a green shawl, pacing the White House halls in the darkest hours of America’s bloodiest war.

Using biblically cadenced prose, cornpone nineteenth-century humor, and Lincoln’s own letters and speeches, Charyn concocts a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief, whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and sons—Robert, Willie, and Tad—is explored with penetrating psychological insight and the utmost compassion. Seized by melancholy and imbued with an unfaltering sense of human worth, Charyn’s President Lincoln comes to vibrant, three-dimensional life in a haunting portrait we have rarely seen in historical fiction.

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Mandy's Review:

There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said above. I will tell you that this makes Abraham Lincoln come alive in a way I've not read or seen before. Jerome Charyn has a talent for imbuing history with new life and making it approachable. Never before have I found an author that makes me want to read about the past as much as Mr. Charyn.

Since this is a narrative in Lincoln's voice, the reader is able to get to know Lincoln in a whole new way. Granted, it's a fictional knowledge but it feels as if Lincoln has come alive again.

I adore Jerome Charyn and his writings. If you're a fan of historical pieces, then I would highly recommend that you add this to your library. You won't regret it.



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  2. THANK YOU MANDY, for your wonderful site, and for being a reader any author would be proud of - and few hear their readers use the word "adore." But I can't help but concur. Your recommendation means a lot, and I hope your followers will come join our Facebook forum

  3. I am looking forward to reading I Am Abraham. It's on my TRL and on my Goodreads shelf. I "adore" Abraham Lincoln and am excited to read it. :)
    I just wish there were more entries for those of us who don't have FB etc.
    But either way , Congrats to Jerome on this release.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. Mandy, thanks for always turning to Jerome when it comes to reading historical fiction. Thanks for the review! :)


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