Jerome Charyn (Author)
October 30, 2012
5.51 X 8.5 X 0.55 inches | 0.69 pounds
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About the Author
Jerome Charyn (b. 1937) is the critically acclaimed author of nearly fifty books. Born in the Bronx, he attended Columbia College, where he fell in love with the works of William Faulkner and James Joyce. After graduating, he took a job as a playground director and wrote in his spare time, producing his first novel, a Lower East Side fairytale called Once Upon a Droshky, in 1964. In 1974 Charyn published Blue Eyes, his first Isaac Sidel mystery. Begun as a distraction while trying to finish a different book, this first in a series of Sidel novels introduced the eccentric, near-mythic detective and his bizarre cast of sidekicks. Charyn followed the character through Citizen Sidel (1999), which ends with his antihero making a run at the White House. Charyn, who divides his time between New York and Paris, is also accomplished at table tennis, and once ranked amongst France's top 10 percent of ping-pong players.
"Magic-making with an absolutely singular and piercing voice." --Chicago Sun-Times "A complete, dark, moving vision." --James Ellroy "Charyn has trained his prose and makes it perform tricks. It's a New York prose, street smart, sly and full of lurches, like a series of subway stops on the way to hell." --The New York Times "Jerome Charyn is one of the most important writers in American literature." --Michael Chabon "A contemporary American Balzac." --Newsday "Absolutely unique among American writers." --Los Angeles Times "He writes like greased lightning." --Time Out "Jerome Charyn is a realist of the urban nightmare." --Chicago Tribune "For a couple of decades now, Jerome Charyn has been remaking the detective story." --The Washington Post Book World