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The Adventures of Joe Harper
     

The Adventures of Joe Harper

by Phong Nguyen
 

The Adventures of Joe Harper picks up where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer leaves off. Twenty years after plundering with Tom, Joe Harper is a failed pirate turned vagabond, wandering in search of the perfect cave in which to die. What he finds instead is a philosophizing Chinese railroad worker and an Amish woman fleeing a forced marriage—a surrogate family

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The Adventures of Joe Harper picks up where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer leaves off. Twenty years after plundering with Tom, Joe Harper is a failed pirate turned vagabond, wandering in search of the perfect cave in which to die. What he finds instead is a philosophizing Chinese railroad worker and an Amish woman fleeing a forced marriage—a surrogate family that bonds over their hobo adventures. When the three are arrested and forced to work on a chain gang, their narrow escape earns them a powerful enemy, until they are rescued by Tom Sawyer… who just might be the greatest threat they’ve faced yet. Inspired by Twain’s storytelling, Phong Nguyen expertly evokes the beloved world of Tom Sawyer and extends Twain’s savvy commentary to the struggles of Chinese Americans, women, and outcasts in Reconstruction America.

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"Phong Nguyen takes on American history and literature in this captivating novel. Writing about a marginal character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he illuminates the marginal characters of American culture in the 19th century. The imaginative return of an adult Tom Sawyer is alone worth the price of this book." - Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize

“funny, smart, and full of surprises” – Christine Sneed, author of Paris, He Said

“mordant, hilarious and eminently readable” – Zachary Mason, author of The Lost Books of the Odyssey

"Nguyen’s addition to Twain’s classic does not disappoint. Stylistically, Nguyen’s ability to capture the vernacular of 1870s Missourian hobo life is one of the marvels of this piece of fiction." – Historical Novel Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781944853044
Publisher:
Outpost19
Publication date:
10/04/2016
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
410,455
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Phong Nguyen studied writing and publishing at Emerson College (MA) and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (PhD). He is currently Editor of Pleiades: Literature in Context and serves as an Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Missouri. Nguyen’s stories have been given special mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and have won the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award and the Inkwell Annual Fiction award. Individual stories of his have appeared in more than 40 national literary magazines, including Agni, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Massachusetts Review, Chattahoochee Review, Florida Review, Mississippi Review, and North American Review.

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