Substance of Things Hoped For

Substance of Things Hoped For

by Tom Noyes
Substance of Things Hoped For

Substance of Things Hoped For

by Tom Noyes


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WINNER, Historical Fiction (pre-1900s), 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

For a brief time in mid-nineteenth-century Oneida, New York, two of the most eccentric and fascinating figures in American history crossed paths when troubled soul and soon-to-be presidential assassin Charles Guiteau threw in his lot with John Humphrey Noyes's utopian community of "free love" believers.

In The Substance of Things Hoped For, Tom Noyes-a distant relative of John Humphrey Noyes-renders this historical intersection by deftly imagining the dynamics and consequences of an ominous and unusual relationship.

As Guiteau stumbles further into madness and eventually achieves infamy for his murder of President Garfield, John Humphrey Noyes is left to face the consequences of his own missteps and misunderstandings as he's forced to make a hasty exit from Oneida.

Joining Noyes and Guiteau in their parallel narratives is a chorus of other characters-family members, lovers, rivals, notable historical figures-whose haunting voices complement, undermine, complicate, and enhance Noyes's and Guiteau's versions of events, while also homing in on the novel's most pressing questions, including those related to revelation, delusion, loyalty, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639820931
Publisher: Slant Books
Publication date: 04/12/2021
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Tom Noyes is the author of three story collections, including Come by Here: A Novella and Stories, winner of the Autumn House Prize in Fiction and The Independent Press Awards' Gold Medal in Short Fiction. He directs the BFA in Creative Writing Program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and serves as Contributing Editor for the literary journal Lake Effect,
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