The Kingdom of Ohio

By Matthew Flaming
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425236949, 336pp.)

Publication Date: December 7, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2010 Indie Next List
“Peter Force is in New York City in the early 1900s, working underground to dig subway tunnels. When he meets a beautiful woman with a fantastic story -- and through her meets J.P. Morgan, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla -- he begins a quest to discover if travel to another world is possible. Get ready to be transported through time yourself as you read this book.”
-- Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC


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...

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  1. 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?

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