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Heralded by Publisher's Weekly as ""a writer to watch"" with a ""magnificent sense of character and ear for dialogue"", Todd London returns with If You See Him, Let Me Know, a stunning novel set at the crossroads of two generations--one marked by what it witnessed, the other by what it missed. It's August 1974, the eve of Nixon's resignation. Jerry Rosen is facing prison for a messy, white-collar crime. Before sentencing, he has to tell his son Philip, a teenager at a theatre camp in the Midwest. To the suburban kids at Friedkin camp, history is a game of dress-up. Tragic world events get retold as stage musicals--World War II as South Pacific, the Holocaust as Fiddler on the Roof. Anne Frank is a role to play--Philip's friend Kathy Klein plays it to the hilt. For Jerry, who served as an army medic in Germany, and for the camp's compassionate matriarch Lila Sahlins, the past can't be sung away. Jerry's confession unearths secrets that will change the course of Philip's life and trigger a pair of haunting disappearances. ""This is a killer coming-of-age story: gripping and compassionate. I haven't stopped thinking about it."" - Lisa Kron, Fun Home, the musical ""...An engrossing journey, culminating in a denouement that is surprising, gratifying, and eminently moving."" - Kia Corthron, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter ""Todd London is a master conjurer of the lost--of lost youth, lost promise, lost Chicago, lost America."" - Adam Langer, Crossing California ""A novel that harrows the heart."" - Octavio Solis, Retablos
|Publisher:||Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.41(d)|
About the Author
Todd London's first novel, The World's Room, received a Milestone Award for fiction. It was hailed by novelist Lorrie Moore as "a stunning first book...written as if by a spellbinding and spellbound angel". His books include: An Ideal Theater; The Importance of Staying Earnest; 15 Actors, 20 Years; and This Is Not My Memoir (co-author Andre Gregory). The first recipient of Theatre Communications Group's Visionary Leadership Award for achievement in the theatre and winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, Todd holds an honorary doctorate from DePaul University. He heads the MFA Playwriting program at The New School.