A Fugitive in Walden Woods

A Fugitive in Walden Woods

The American Novels

by Norman Lock

Published by: Bellevue Literary Press

240 Pages, 5.00 x 7.50 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781942658221
  • Published: June 2017

$16.99

“[Norman Lock’s fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights.” —NPR

In Norman Lock’s fourth stand-alone book of The American Novels series, Samuel Long escapes slavery in Virginia, traveling the Underground Railroad to Walden Woods where he encounters Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Lloyd Garrison, and other transcendentalists and abolitionists. While Long will experience his coming-of-age at Walden Pond, his hosts will receive a lesson in human dignity, culminating in a climactic act of civil disobedience.

Against this historical backdrop, Lock’s powerful narrative examines issues that continue to divide the United States: racism, privilege, and what it means to be free in America.

Norman Lock is the award-winning author of novels, short fiction, and poetry, as well as stage and radio plays. He lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey, where he is at work on the next books of The American Novels series.