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"Steven Armour is a man at a crossroad: at forty-one, his rise up the career ladder has slowed to a crawl, and his family is slipping out of control. But life takes a dramatic turn for Steven when, on a whim, he joins a local group of Civil War re-enactors." Assigned to immerse himself in the life of Private John Trow, Steven soon finds that his weekends at the living history village on Connecticut's Mt. Riga let him escape his everyday disappointments. The complex drills of the Union army seem to come to him naturally, the men of the regiment become his friends, and his growing infatuation with Polly Kellogg, the wife of the regiment's captain, fires a passion that had cooled with his own wife, Patty. While the world around him races faster and faster toward the millennium, Steven turns to the simple consolations of nineteenth-century life, a choice that, strangely enough, starts to straighten out both his family and his job. But so thoroughly does Steven embrace the life of John Trow that even Steven begins to wonder if he is just playing a part, or whether the unquiet spirit of John Trow is taking him over. As Steven's identity slips through his fingers, he must ask himself what - and who - he is willing to sacrifice to become the man he believes he should have been.
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Meet John Trow, Thomas Dyja's second novel after the Civil War historical Play for a Kingdom, is proof that a skilled writer can make any topic interesting. Its subject matter -- the world of Civil War reenactors -- seems like fodder for satire and little else. Yet Dyja uses this arcane subculture, populated mostly by middle-aged men who dress up in Union or Confederate uniforms to stage encores of famous 19th-century bloodbaths, to weave a surprisingly effective postmodern ghost story.

The novel's namesake is a long-dead Connecticut private whom the protagonist, Steven Armour, is assigned to portray. Armour, drawn to reenacting on a whim, is one of postmillennial fiction's favorite stock characters: a 40-year-old paper pusher in the throes of a midlife crisis. Soon the spirit of John Trow hijacks his tepid life, lending him the fortitude to both climb the corporate ladder and become a pillar of strength for his family. But the ghost exacts a price. It pushes Armour into a dalliance with the wife of his ersatz regimental commander, then tries to force him to commit murder. Not surprisingly, gunplay settles the issue during a massive, climactic reenactment of the battle of Cold Harbor.

Just like its main (living) character, Dyja's book becomes more surefooted as it goes along, slowly morphing from depressing domestic drama into supernatural mystery. While the characters may be less finely drawn than those in Play for a Kingdom -- the story of a group of Confederate and Union soldiers who meet for an unlikely series of baseball games while the battle of Spotsylvania rages around them -- Dyja manages to weave a haunting and dramatic tale out of some decidedly undramatic elements. (Sam Stall)

From The Critics
...full of time-bending surprises...superb...Equal parts historical drama, ghost story, romance and mystery...a vital critique of millennial malaise.
Chris Bohjalian
...wondrous, wry and moving...a joy...a novel as surprising as it is poignant.
Washington Post
Boston Herald
Part social satire, part ghost story, this delightful, entertaining novel should be a hit...
Entertainment Weekly
Thomas Dyja's haunting novel unfolds like a new-millennium Babbitt with a supernatural twist...Dyja unpacks plausible surprises as he lampoons the modern obsession with nostalgia and explores the very nature of identity. Rating: A
Miami Herald
..one of the year's best barnburners...Dyja demonstrates a rare dramatic timing that propels his story at a sharp pace...Meet John Trow is the best book on obsession and the crises of middle age since Nabokov set his pedophile loose.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Thomas Dyja's superbly knowing, entertaining, and downright literary second novel, Meet John Trow, moves the author into the top rank of serious young American novelists.
Providence Journal
His depictions of life in present-day small town America, the smoke screen allure of simpler times, the hollow romance of Civil War history, Steven Armour's descent into schizoid delusion as John Trow all hit the bull's-eye with unerring accuracy. Meet John Trow is alternately hilarious and harrowing, touching and perturbing. From start to finish, it is consistently entertaining.
Publishers Weekly
Darkly comic...Dyja skillfully and humorously evokes the constant computer, television and general pop culture static that clouds Steven's vision, as well as the crack of musket fire and whiff of gunpowder in Riga Village...Dyja taps into some powerful 21st century anxieties and fantasies, which should help him attract new readers.
San Francisco Chronicle
Dyja adroitly builds the suspense as Steven falls deeper into the virual reality of the past...as a parable for the snares and delusions of our times, Meet John Trow is richly rewarding indeed.
Seattle Times
A fine novel that draws you in slowly, then grips you tightly and holds you to its surprising ending.
Publishers Weekly
In Dyja's darkly comic second novel (after Play for a Kingdom), Steven Armour like many of his fictional contemporaries is mired in a midlife crisis. He and his hard-edged lawyer wife, Patty, have recently moved from New York to the suburbs of Connecticut with their two children, innocently out-of-whack five-year-old Emily and increasingly distant 12-year-old Nate. Disrespected by his corporate superiors, alienated from his wife and offspring and generally aggravated by modern technology, Steven longs for a retreat to the simpler days of the past. On a lark, the Armours take a short trip to nearby Riga Village, a Civil War reenactment town, where Steven finds exactly what he needs. In the village, men and women assume the persona of former townspeople who fought in the Civil War. Steven is assigned the character of John Trow, whose masculine directness and innate sense of duty bolster his floundering sense of self. Along with some encouragement in the form of a series of teasing billets-doux from the wife of his superior, Colonel Kellogg, Steven willingly falls deeper and deeper "into the strong arms of the past." Dyja skillfully and humorously evokes the constant computer, television and general pop culture static that clouds Steven's vision, as well as the crack of musket fire and whiff of gunpowder in Riga Village. Though he sometimes lays the lingo contemporary and 19th century on thick, he charts Steven's identity crisis with sympathy and a healthy hint of sarcasm, concluding with a clever and intriguing twist. 4-city author tour. (June 3) Forecast: Dyja taps into some powerful 21st-century anxieties and fantasies, which should help him attract new readers. And film rights have been optioned for New Regency by the producer of Jerry Maguire, which could spur sales down the line. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Washington Post Book World
Wondrous, wry and moving.... a novel as surprising as it is poignant. —Chris Bohjalian
Kirkus Reviews
An unfortunately sluggish first 50 pages give little hint of the riches of characterization, plot, and theme to be found in this superb second novel from the author of Play for a Kingdom. Once again, Dyja's subject is the Civil War—this time as "lived" by re-enactors at Riga Village, a historic mountaintop settlement in northwestern Connecticut. The homage paid to the past there attracts the attention of Steven Armour, a former history major, and a minor executive who manages Web sites for the Dilly-Perkins food conglomerate, with a mixture of general competence and periodic bad judgment that also afflicts his experience of marriage and parenthood. Joining the re-enactors, Steven is assigned the character of John Trow, a nondescript soldier whose unheroic life nevertheless begins to exert a strong fascination, especially when accumulating evidence suggests a secret Trow had shared with Polly Kellogg, wife of Trow's superior officer. Dyja pulls out one dazzling surprise after another, as Steven finds himself drawn to the married woman playing Mrs. Kellogg, endangering relationships with his impatient wife Patti and their two (brilliantly drawn) children, and alternately seduced and repelled by the possibly ghostly presence of Trow, "who" appears to be saying to Steven, "I am the person you want to be." This is a terrific subject, seldom if ever previously treated in fiction. Dyja makes the presence of the past all the more potent by juxtaposing against it the commercial world clamoring for Steven's attention (most memorably in such absurdities as Dilly-Perkins's Thanksgiving Day Parade float, embodying "a magical trip through the world of dumplings and pasta"). And it climaxesstunningly, at the Riga Villagers' reenactment of the catastrophic battle of Cold Harbor, with Steven fully possessed of the truth about John Trow, and prepared to discover whether he will or will not "become" him. Every bit as entertaining and gripping as it is ingenious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142002957
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Dyja
Thomas Dyja
The creator of imaginative historical fiction, Thomas Dyja's books have brilliantly drawn characters who come to life on the page. Praised by the likes of Caleb Carr, Kurt Andersen and the Washington Post Book World, Dyja is someone to watch.

Biography

Thomas Dyja, has worked as a book editor and literary agent. He is the author of the award-winning novel Play for a Kingdom, as well as Meet John Trow and The Moon in Our Hand. Dyja presently lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A in English, Columbia University

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