1602 Hogeboom Avenue | East Hill | Eau Claire, WI

Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return by Martin Riker

Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return by Martin Riker

Regular price $16.95 Sale

From Coffee House Press:

AFTER HE DIES, SAMUEL JOHNSON INHABITS ONE BODY AFTER THE NEXT, WAITING FOR A CHANCE TO RETURN TO HIS SON.

When Samuel Johnson dies, he finds himself in the body of the man who killed him, unable to depart this world but determined, at least, to return to the son he left behind. Moving from body to body as each one expires, Samuel’s soul journeys on a comic quest through an American half-century, inhabiting lives as stymied, in their ways, as his own. A ghost story of the most unexpected sort, Martin Riker’s extraordinary debut is about the ways experience is mediated, the unstoppable drive for human connection, and the struggle to be more fully alive in the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martin Riker grew up in central Pennsylvania. He worked as a musician for most of his twenties, worked in nonprofit literary publishing for most of his thirties, and has spent the first half of his forties teaching in the English department at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2010, he and his wife Danielle Dutton co-founded the feminist press Dorothy, a Publishing Project. His fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, London Review of Books, the Baffler, and Conjunctions. This is his first novel.