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Henry of Atlantic City

by Frederick Reuss

  • ISBN: 9780375726231
  • ISBN10: 0375726233

Henry of Atlantic City

by Frederick Reuss

  • List Price: $12.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 06/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780375726231
  • ISBN10: 0375726233
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Description: From the author of Horace Afoot comes this affectionate and beautiful tale of a six-year-old prodigy with a photographic memory and a penchant for the Gnostic gospels and Byzantine history.

Set against the background of Caesar's Palace, Henry of Atlantic City is a satirical "hagiography" of a troubled child trying to make sense of the world around him. Henry, whose imagination has been fed by ancient texts, finds himself living in a conflated world of past and present where casino owners are Byzantine Emperors, and the world is populated by Huns, Cap-padocians, and Visigoths. When his father, a casino security guard, lands in trouble with the mob, Henry begins a peripatetic life, wandering from relatives to foster homes to orphanages. As Henry struggles to find a place for himself in the world, we are treated to an exploration of spirituality and childhood that is heartbreaking, uplifting, and simply divine.

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