Fiction. Alan and Amelia, a British couple in their early thirties, move to Queens in New York and, in their apartment building, come across Allan, a twenty-something of Guinean roots who quickly becomes for them the exemplar of American youth: aimless, photogenic...looking for meaning in a world that seems to have already happened. After dropping his cell phone and shattering its screen, Allan decides not to replace it, a decision that leads to his beginning to reject some of the things his generation treats as sacred: chiefly, their penchant for "merging self-documentation and experience...having decided they prefer life flat to round." In the spirit of The Great Gatsby, in JOHNNY ALLAN, Keller paints a new portrait of America and a new Lost Generation, a carnival of sensory delights, music, misapprehension and beauty.
"A timeless and topical read."—Booklist
"A deeply inventive and thoughtful novel that unfolds with astonishing grace...if you haven't read JOHNNY ALLAN yet, you're in for a treat."—Jenny Offill
"Reminiscent of Fitzgerald."—World Literature Today
John M. Keller is the author of five books of fiction, including JOHNNY ALLAN, ABRACADABRANTESQUE, THE BOX AND THE BRIEFCASE, and KNOW YOUR BAKER, all from Dr. Cicero Books. He has taught writing at the City University of New York; the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico; the Universidad de Montevideo, in Uruguay; and St. Xavier's College, in Mumbai, India.
Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA