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Franklin Flyer

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9780385335454: Franklin Flyer

In this shimmering work of fiction, Nicholas Christopher follows the remarkable life of Franklin Flyer–a restless young inventor named after the train on which he was born–through the tumultuous years of the Great Depression, into the Second World War.

Raised by his suffragette aunt, at various times a vagabond and tycoon, Franklin travels across the U.S.A and around the globe, seeking adventure and enlightenment, charting his fate by pursuing the unexpected.

He encounters a glittering cast of characters: among them Rita Hayworth, Josephine Baker, OSS founder “Wild Bill” Donovan, and a host of political zealots, opportunists, and dreamers thrown together in a world on the brink of collapse.

With each new invention–devices that help to revolutionize everything from early television to the technology with which the Allies respond to the Axis powers–Franklin makes his mark. Gaining fame and fortune, he also suffers terrible heartbreak, and through numerous transformations discovers that a man’s own life is truly his most difficult, and rewarding, invention.

A brisk, vivid blend of history and imagination, Franklin Flyer brings to life an American hero as unforgettable as his times.

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Praise for FRANKLIN FLYER:

“The novel is stacked with outrageous, larger-than-life characters…None of them, however, is as colorful as Franklin himself.”
-- The Seattle Times


“A special novel…Christopher’s blending of fact and fiction is admirably seamless…A book that the reader will wish had a few--no, make that quite a few--more pages.”
-- The Denver Post

“If Graham Greene collaborated with the creator of Dick Tracy, the result might read like this quirky, whirlwind tale of ordinary men contending with a worldwide Nazi conspiracy.”
-- Publishers Weekly


“A tale of journey, loss and rebirth…a story full of charm.”
-- The New York Times Book Review

“The novel’s…action [is] freighted with fatality and symbolism…[ Franklin Flyer] is an exemplary young American of his time: bright, talented, handy with his fists, an inventor and a patriot.”
-- L.A. Times

“Using crisp, vivid and charged language, Christopher creates a series of colorful tableaux through which the eponymous hero glides like a double agent in a thriller.”
-- BOMB Magazine

“A pleasure to read…Positively glow[s] with descriptive grace…A lovely investigation of ‘the only mystery worth pursuing,’ the metamorphoses of the human spirit, observed at both stillness and breakneck speed.”
-- The Washington Post Book World

“Here is a happy surprise, a book that is highly entertaining, ingenious and a delight for the imagination…the writer constructs an old-fashioned romance in an entirely pleasing way. Nicholas Christopher leads us into a world that never really existed but for which we still yearn.”
-- Newark Star-Ledger (NJ)

“A lovely blend of fantasy and history.”
-- Booklist

“At 317 pages of swift-moving prose, [ Franklin Flyer is] a work of historical/period fiction, a spy novel, comic book, comical jaunt, love story, spiritual quest and an inventor’s tale.”
-- The Advocate & Greenwich Time (Connecticut)

A Trip to the Stars

“A large, lavishly inventive novel...An American descendant of The Arabian Nights–and as such it’s thoroughly satisfying. An erudite and artful entertainment.”
The New York Times Book Review

“This labyrinthine novel . . . is animated by an encompassing lust for beauty. . .Christopher. . .offers us an alluringly baroque vision of hedonism–the American dream run wild.”
The New Yorker

“Christopher is a writer of remarkable gifts; he weaves fascinating and esoteric material into a story where such diversions never seem out of place.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Christopher is North America’s García Márquez; Borges with emotional weight. . .This is one of those rare books that, by connecting with the stars, catches you in its web.”
Toronto Globe & Mail

Veronica

“Extraordinary . . . a dizzying, dazzling ride . . . an elegant, idiosyncratic work of art.”
Chicago Tribune

“Hip, sexy . . . a novel in which anything can happen . . . Mr. Christopher is a superbly lyrical and descriptive writer.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Satisfying as the storytelling is, the deeper pleasures here stem from the author’s imaginative and idiosyncratic scholarship, by means of which the uncanny is made to seem commonplace and the commonplace unfathomable.”
The New Yorker

About the Author:

NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER is the author of three previous novels, The Soloist, Veronica, and A Trip to the Stars, seven books of poetry, and a book about film noir, Somewhere in the Night. He lives in New York City.

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