The Kingdom of Ohio
By Matthew Flaming
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425236949, 336pp.)
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
An elderly man living in present-day Los Angeles is forced to revisit the history he has spent years trying to deny-the tale of a young frontiersman who comes to New York City in 1901 and quickly finds a job digging the first subway tunnels. He meets a beautiful mathematical prodigy who speaks of the vanished Kingdom of Ohio. Against the electric, mazelike streets and tunnels of New York City at the beginning of the mechanical age, the couple will find themselves involved with Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan-and wrestling with the nature of history, technology, and the unfolding of time itself...
- Early in his story, Peter writers, “…even the details of this history are not certain, they still come closer to the truth than the recorded facts alone” (pg. 30). How did this affect your trust of Peter as a narrator? What do you think he means by this statement? In what ways do fact and fiction blur throughout the novel?