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Second Acts
     

Second Acts

by Tim W. Brown
 

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Winner of the 2010 London Book Festival Award for General Fiction.

"Really clicking, Second Acts, is a picaresque, sci-fi/western, such as Verne or Welles might have penned it, but with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Tim W. Brown's tale of a husband's search for his fugitive wife takes readers on a whirlwind tour of America, circa 1830. In subverting history

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Winner of the 2010 London Book Festival Award for General Fiction.

"Really clicking, Second Acts, is a picaresque, sci-fi/western, such as Verne or Welles might have penned it, but with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Tim W. Brown's tale of a husband's search for his fugitive wife takes readers on a whirlwind tour of America, circa 1830. In subverting history Brown's tale celebrates it, with a scholar's eye for authentic details and at a pacing so swift the pages give off a nice breeze."
- Peter Selgin

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Jason Pettus
"And speaking of grandly metaphorical tales, that's the main point of Tim W. Brown's latest time-traveling comedic thriller as well, even though it might seem at first like a straightforward genre story with touches of Pratchettesque absurdist humor; for while it's ostensibly about a group of modern creative-class douchebags who get the chance one day to travel back to the 1830s, the novel's really about what these people do once they're there and know they're never coming back...."
Sharon Mesmer
"Second Acts is a novel about time travel, a hermaphrodite Native American guide named Bunny who invents therapy, the world’s most beautiful labia, and the 19th century version of Oprah. Somebody, please make this movie!
Shaun Randol
"...Second Acts leaps out of the starting gate so quickly that the reader must accept the story as given. There is no time to ask questions that might bog down the action. For instance, when Connor jumps into his time machine, he is careful to bring along the currency of 1833 (gold coins), but we are left to wonder: was he also wearing a pair of Nikes? Or was Connor also careful enough to strap on some period boots?...[it] easily and quickly slides into the realms of fantasy, science fiction..."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012384287
Publisher:
Gival Press
Publication date:
04/10/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
206
File size:
504 KB

Meet the Author

Tim W. Brown who is from Rockford, Illinois, graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University with a degree in American studies. He is the author of three published novels, Deconstruction Acres (1997), Left of the Loop (2001) and Walking Man (2008).

Brown’s fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in over two hundred publications, including Another Chicago Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Chelsea, Chiron Review, Colorado Review, The Ledge, Main Street Rag, New Observations, Oyez Review, Pleiades, Poetry Project Newsletter, Rain Taxi, Rockford Review, Slipstream, Small Press Review and Storyhead. Since 2004 he has been a member of the National Book Critics Circle, specializing in reviewing small-press publications. A long-time resident of Chicago, where he was a fixture in that city’s literary scene as a writer, performer and publisher of Tomorrow Magazine (1982-1999), Brown moved to New York in 2003. He currently earns his living as a technologist for global financial institutions.

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