Bob Stevenson


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$16.99  $15.63
Bellevue Literary Press
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5.0 X 0.6 X 7.4 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Richard Wiley is the author of Tacoma Stories (forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press) and eight novels including Bob Stevenson; Soldiers in Hiding, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Washington State Book Award; and Ahmed's Revenge, winner of the Maria Thomas Fiction Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he divides his time between Los Angeles, California, and Tacoma, Washington.


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"Wiley takes Treasure Island off the dusty shelf of the late 19th century and translates its transgressive pirate allure in daring and illuminating ways for 21st-century readers." --Peace Corps Worldwide

"Through a clever use of dissociative identity disorder, [Bob Stevenson] provides an exploration of the workings of the human mind, its pathology, and its machination to make up stories. . . . This novel of identities within identities, selves within selves ends on a note of the unknowns and uncertainties of life. The question of identity and the self prevails as the key matter in the novel, whether based on a figment of a pathological mind or on a membership to a genealogy." --MedHum Fiction - Daily Dose: Adventures at the Intersection of Medicine and Literature

"Haunted--in a good way--by the ghost of Robert Louis Stevenson. . . . A romantic comedy with just enough of a philosophical edge." --Kirkus Reviews

"Clever. . . . Wiley skillfully balances the psychological explanations for Archie's strange behavior with the more fanciful notion that he has been possessed by Stevenson's spirit, one of those 'metaphysical rovers' seeking out corporeal forms. It's an elegant conceit around which to craft a tale about the ambiguities of character." --Publishers Weekly

"A witty, roller-coaster ride of uncertain identity set against the gritty certainties of New York City. In compelling, unadorned prose, Richard Wiley gives us a bewitching and ultimately moving tale." --Caryl Phillips, author of A Distant Shore and The Lost Child