Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375702754, 253pp.
Publication Date: April 27, 1999
In this incandescently observed novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to one of the most appealing protagonists in contemporary fiction while enchanting them with the keenness of his eye and the aptness of his voice. Through its exquisitely rendered scenes a fishing trip of Zen-like serenity; a night at a sex club where giggling businessmen dive into the action and vividly imagined characters the laughing mother who taught Alec to ride a bicycle; the beautiful sad Japanese woman who teaches him how to love "Bicycle Days" surprises, moves, and enlightens us as very few books do.
"Graceful ... reminiscent of Fitzgerald.... [It] leaves us holding our breath for more." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Luminous...linger[s] after the story is finished." —The New York Times Book Review
"Has freshness and energy...announces the debut of a bright new voice in fiction." —The New York Times
"Schwartz subtly evokes the stirrings and upheavals of a culture, and a person, in transition." —Detroit Free Press