The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company (Modern Jewish Literature and Culture)

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The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company is an enchanting tale set in the silent film era.  Beginning in 1915, in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where a Jewish family makes one and two reel silent films, the novel is composed of six chapters, each a discrete silent film in itself.

Joey, the too-beautiful-to-be-a-boy son of moviemaker, Simon, and his actress wife, Hannah, imagines stories that his uncle’s camera turns into scenes for their movies. Witness to and participant in the rapid technological advances in film, from the movies his family makes, to the advent of the talkies, Joey is cast in both male and female roles, onstage and off.  When the woman Joey loves murders her abusive husband and sends Joey from his New Jersey family disguised as the mother of her own children, he embarks on a cross-country journey of adventure and hardship, crossing paths with the likes of D. W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, and “Roxy” Rothafel.  Finally, reunited on the opposite coast with his uncle, and with the woman he has never stopped loving, Joey’s wild journey—and life!—arrive at a moment as unpredictable as it is magical.

In an outrageously original tale worthy of a studio whose moguls might have been Kafka, Garcia Marquez, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, reality and illusion merge and separate, leaving the audience spellbound even after the final curtain falls.

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Jay Neugeboren is the author of nineteen books, including two prize-winning novels (The Stolen Jew, Before My Life Began), two award-winning books of nonfiction (Imagining Robert, Transforming Madness), and four collections of award-winning stories. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and Penguin Modern Stories. His most recent novel is The Other Side of the World.  He lives in New York City. www.jayneugeboren.com

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The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company is a beautifully written, carefully thought-out novel that recreates the wonder of the early days of the movies.  Anybody interested in the craft of writing, reading about the lives of brilliantly imagined people, and the magic of silent movies, should read this novel. —Frederick Wiseman, filmmaker: Titicut Follies; La Danse; Crazy Horse

In the case of any other author, this work might be taken as the capstone of a long and distinguished career, but Jay Neugeboren is tapping such a well of energy that he might not even be half-finished yet. --Boston Globe

A short but exceedingly rich and accomplished yarn that offers yet another opportunity for readers to find out for themselves why [Neugeboren] is so highly regarded among his fellow writers. --Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

Praise for Jay Neugeboren’s earlier works

Neugeboren presents a meditation on life, love, art and family relationships that’s reminiscent of the best of John Updike. —Kirkus Reviews [Starred]

Jay Neugeboren [writes] with all the skill and formal daring that have made him one of our most honored writers of literary fiction.  —The Los Angeles Times



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