Crooked River Burning

In 1948 Cleveland was America's sixth largest city; by 1969 it was the twelfth. For Easterners, Cleveland is where the Midwest begins; for Westerners, it is where the East begins. In the summer of 1948, fourteen-year-old David Zielinsky can look forward to a job at the docks. Anne O'Connor, at twelve, is the apple of her political boss father's eye. David and Anne will meet-and fall in love-four years later, and for the next twenty years this pair will be reluctant star-crossed lovers in a troubled and turbulent country. A natural-born storyteller, Mark Winegardner spins an epic tale of those twenty years, artfully weaving such real-life Clevelanders as Eliot Ness, Alan Freed, and Carl Stokes into the tapestry. His narrative gifts may bring the fiction of E. L. Doctorow to some readers' minds, but Winegardner is very much his own man, and his observations of Cleveland are laced with a loving skepticism. His masterful saga of this conflicted city is a novel that speaks a memorable truth.

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780156014229

  • ISBN-10: 015601422X

  • Pages: 592

  • Price: $30.95

  • Publication Date: 10/12/2001

  • Carton Quantity: 20

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Mark Winegardner

Mark Winegardner is the author of the novel The Veracruz Blues and three books of nonfiction. A regular contributor to GQ, he has also published work in the New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Esquire, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Doubletake, and other magazines. He is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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    Brilliant . . . What gives the book its edge is its setting: Cleveland. Winegardner weaves the love story through the fabric of a tumultuous era."

    -the new york times book review

    Dos Passos's classic trilogy U.S.A. now has a rival, in this richly plotted,

    consistently engrossing big novel."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    Crooked River Burning brings Cleveland's past to life on both an intimate and a sweeping scale. . . . But [Winegardner's] main achievement is narrative voice . . . that's distinctly his own."-Los Angeles Times

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Related Categories

  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780156014229

  • ISBN-10: 015601422X

  • Pages: 592

  • Price: $30.95

  • Publication Date: 10/12/2001

  • Carton Quantity: 20

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