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Here’s what readers are saying about Andrew Lewis Conn’s rollicking and ambitious novel: that it recalls Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime as it follows two filmmakers on an unlikely journey, while exploring the complexities of race, class, sexuality, and success in early twentieth century America.
“A wildly ambitious and entertaining novel that manages to be both slapstick and deeply tragic . . . . As a tale of two continents during a period of significant upheaval, this audacious novel encompasses not merely the essence of America and the art of moviemaking, but the nature of time. To bring this full circle, maybe the Coen brothers could adapt the vision of the Grand brothers for the big screen.”
– Kirkus (starred review)
“Andrew Lewis Conn has written a strange, cool, hilarious and oddly moving masterpiece. DeLillo and Bellow have both sunk roots into Conn’s prose, but the results are uniquely his own. O Africa! is a thing of wonder.”
– Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
“A wise, irresistible comedy of artists, gangsters, hustlers, brothers, lovers and kings set at the end of the era of American silent film. Andrew Lewis Conn writes with a daring, vital, great-hearted brilliance. O Africa! moves with the swiftness of light and illuminates our present moment most ingeniously.”
– Mary-Beth Hughes, author of Double Happiness
“Andrew Lewis Conn’s O, Africa! is one of the funniest and saddest books I’ve read in years. It’s a tender satire of the heroic age of American film, and the same time a heartbreaking portrait of two brothers lost in the images of their time, and their hearts’ desires. Conn knows what he’s talking about, and he writes with a Bellow-esque vigor that cranks the story into flickering, shimmering life.”
– Paul La Farge, author of Luminous Airplanes
“It’s been—actually, don’t remind me how many years—since Conn’s singularly audacious debut, and though O, Africa! charts an exciting new course, the author remains as he was: besotted by the movies and drunk on words.”
– Ed Park, author of Personal Days
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About the Author
ANDREW LEWIS CONN has written essays, short fiction, and reviews for The Believer, Film Comment, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and the Indiana Review among others and attended writers residencies at Yaddo and Ledig House in Hudson, NY. Conn’s previous novel, P, was chosen as a best book of the summer of 2003 by Salon, Time Out New York, The Oregonian, and Nerve; one of the best books of the year by the Village Voice and the Austin Chronicle; and long-listed as “one of the best books of the millennium (so far!)” by The Millions.