Sun Eye Moon Eye

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Spuyten Duyvil
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5.5 X 8.5 X 1.31 inches | 1.62 pounds
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About the Author
Vincent Czyz is the author of The Secret Adventures of Order, an essay collection, The Three Veils of Ibn Oraybi, a novella, Adrift in a Vanishing City, a fiction collection that received the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Best in Small Press, and The Christos Mosaic, a novel. He is the recipient of two fiction fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts and the W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction. The 2011 Truman Capote Fellow at Rutgers University, his stories have appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, Tampa Review, Georgetown Review, Copper Nickel, December, Southern Indiana Review, and Skidrow Penthouse, among other publications. He spent a total of nearly a decade in Istanbul, Turkey before settling in Jersey City, NJ, USA.

Sun Eye Moon Eye centers around Logan Blackfeather, a musician of mixed Hopi descent, whose faulty sense of direction sends him spiraling through the mid-'80s. The novel opens with Logan crossing a stretch of Arizona desert, his thumb out for a ride and most of what he owns in a bag slung over a shoulder. By this time he has suffered a breakdown and given up music. A knife fight in the parking lot of a roadside bar ends in the death of a trucker, and in short order Logan finds himself in a psychiatric hospital in New York. He makes his way to Manhattan, where he's as bewildered by the fluorescent-colored spikes of punks as he is by the upturned collars of yuppies. A job as a piano man in a Village bar eases him back into music, and he falls into a turbulent relationship with a successful ad executive. Haunted by a dead father who comes to him in dreams, by the killing of the trucker, and memories of his violent uncle/stepfather, Logan is caught between tradition and modernity, the rural and the urban, his Anglo and Native American ancestries. Myth and dream play key roles in reconstructing Logan's worldview, and he begins to suspect that empirical reality is as open to interpretation as the dream world.

Czyz is more than a bit mystical; indeed, he searches for rapture ... What he's really after, however, is to find mystery within mystery, to have experiences he cannot live without yet cannot pin down.

-Paul West, author of The Place in Flowers Where Pollen Rests

Deeply romantic (in the best sense) and darkly evocative, Czyz's lush style explores regions well beyond simple narrative, probing the constantly shifting, oblique connections between failure, memory and the forever-incomplete nature of human desire.

-Greg Burkman, The Seattle Times