Surrendering Appomattox


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C&r Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.56 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Jacob M. Appel is a physician, attorney and bioethicist based in New York City. He is the author of more than two hundred published short stories and is a past winner of the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition, the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for the Short Story, the Dana Award, the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, the North American Review's Kurt Vonnegut Prize, the Missouri Review's Editor's Prize, the Sycamore Review's Wabash Prize, the Briar Cliff Review's Short Fiction Prize, the H. E. Francis Prize, the New Millennium Writings Fiction Award in four different years, an Elizabeth George Fellowship and a Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writers Grant. His stories have been short-listed for the O. Henry Award, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Mystery Stories, and the Pushcart Prize anthology on numerous occasions. His first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012. Jacob holds graduate degrees from Brown University, Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Law School, New York University's MFA program in fiction and Albany Medical College's Alden March Institute of Bioethics. He taught for many years at Brown University and currently teaches at the Gotham Writers' Workshop and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


"Combining mystery, intrigue, and satire, Appel's novel is a warning about how far our society has fallen down the rabbit hole of fake news and alternative facts."
--Robert Repino, author of Morte

"Jacob Appel's Surrender Appomattox is vivid, irreverent, funny, and provocative. Through characters as sympathetic as they are quirky, Appel poses questions about history that are particularly relevant for our present day. How do we know what we know? In an age of overwhelming information, which facts should we trust? How does history become weaponized, and to what ends? The novel's extraordinary plot will not fail to entertain you, and its insight will haunt you long after you've turned the final page."
--Lindsay Starck, author of Noah's Wife

"A genuine page-turner that somehow also manages to be laugh-out-loud funny in nearly every scene, Surrendering Appomattox captures something essential about the afflictions of American society in the age of "alternative facts." The rare combination of suspense, trenchant satire, and madcap humor is reminiscent of another diagnostic masterpiece, Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana. You don't want to miss this novel!"
--Tim Weed, author of Will Poole's Island