Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return by Martin Riker
From Coffee House Press:
AFTER HE DIES, SAMUEL JOHNSON INHABITS ONE BODY AFTER THE NEXT, WAITING FOR A CHANCE TO RETURN TO HIS SON.
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.