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The Amalgamation Polka

The Amalgamation Polka

A Civil War novel unlike any other, the story of young man’s journey through an America torn apart-it “will bring a smile to your lips as it sets your brain on fire.” (Village Voice)

Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate New York, Liberty Fish is the son of fervent abolitionists and the grandson of Carolina slaveholders even more dedicated to their cause. Liberty escapes his home, first into war and then into a bedlam more disturbing still, in the hopes of reconciling the familial disunion.

Rich in characters both heartbreaking and bloodcurdling, The Amalgamation Polka is a vibrant display of literary achievement, showcasing not only the brutality of this tragic period in American history, but also the surprising compassion and hope of the era.
Instantly revelatory, constantly mesmerizing, this is the work of a major writer at the top of his form.
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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Literary

On Sale: January 7th 2020

Price: $16.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 320

ISBN-13: 9780316427326

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PRAISE FOR THE AMALGAMATION POLKA :

"An extravagantly talented novelist. . . . For Wright, America, past and present, is Wonderland, a place of marvels and horrors from which not even the fortunate escape with their heads. " --Laura Miller, The New York Times Book Review

"This dark and lyrical tale of madness and prophecy speaks uncannily from within its period, in the tradition of heartbroken humor, which America's lapses of faith in its own promise have always evoked in the finest of our storytellers, among whom Stephen Wright here honorably takes his place." --Thomas Pynchon

"Quite simply an astonishing novel, brilliantly executed and beautifully written. Stephen Wright deserves to be famous and feted for it."
--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
PRAISE FOR STEPHEN WRIGHT

Meditations in Green (1983)

"Precisely that brutal hallucination we desperately wanted to end." --Don DeLillo

"The best that any fiction about this war has offered." --Newsweek

M31: A Family Romance (1988)

"Beautiful and terrifying. . . . M31 offers a big, bold look at the American family. It takes us far away and very close to home. . . . Stephen Wright is a . . . bright star in the literary sky." --San Francisco Chronicle

"M31 is a devastatingly forceful accomplishment and reestablishes its author as a star of the first magnitude." --The Washington Post Book World

"Mr. Wright's sentences buzz like high-tension wires. I enjoyed reading every word of M31, literally." --Russell Banks

Going Native (1994)

"An astonishing novel." --Toni Morrison
Praise for Processed Cheese

"Processed Cheese does for consumerism what Catch-22 did for war."—Stephen King, bestselling author of IT and The Shining
"In novel after unsparing novel-each one gorgeous, too, and full of awe- Stephen Wright has emerged as a kind of modern-day Socrates hectoring a complacent citizenry to have a good hard look at its collective delusions. With Processed Cheese, he's written a novel so outrageous and diagnostic of our current ills, it will prove much stronger than hemlock. If you hope to keep up your venality, America, your cruelties, and your death wish, better string this court jester up by his toes."—Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party
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