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On Night's Shore - (Edgar Allan Poe Mysteries) by Randall Silvis (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 400

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Series Title: Edgar Allan Poe Mysteries

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Book theme: Historical

Author: Randall Silvis

Language: English

Street Date: February 7, 2017
TCIN: 51825263
UPC: 9781492639763
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-8797


"On Night's Shore is a sinuous, surprising narrative filled with deceptions, betrayals, unexpected revelations, and moments of high drama. It is also an extravagantly detailed recreation of a particular time and place. Silvis's rendering of 19th-century New York -- the slums and hovels, the workhouses and prisons, the offices and taverns, and the hyperbolic splendor of the mansions of the rich -- is precise and thoroughly imagined, giving the novel an unmistakable aura of authenticity. Mostly, though, On Night's Shore is a novel of character. Augie Dubbins, who narrates the story from the altered vantage point of an 80-year-old man, is a complex character in his own right, and a credible witness to the assorted dramas of his vanished past. Through Augie, we see Poe as a driven, sometimes contradictory creature: vain, embittered, generous, noble, foolish, and kind, a born writer hopelessly addicted to the darkness at the center of his soul. This multi-layered portrait dominates the novel and accounts for much of its surprising emotional power. Anyone interested in Poe's career, in American literary history, or in historical fiction at its finest needs to read this book." - Bill Sheehan, Editor, BarnesandNoble.com
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