It Happened in Boston?
Publication Date: September 16, 2003
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First published by Random House in 1968, Russell H. Greenan’s It Happened in Boston? is the story of a brilliantly talented, unbalanced artist who strives to meet God face-to-face in order to destroy Him. It is “a magic spell of a book—phantasmagoric, lushly written, full of unforgettable characters and brilliant twists of plot,” writes Jonathan Lethem in his Introduction. With a vivid depiction of the art world and a breathtaking narrative that incorporates forgery, time travel, and murder, Greenan’s hilarious and disturbing debut novel—now an underground cult classic—is ripe for rediscovery.
Russell H. Greenan, on his way to becoming a novelist, grew up in the Bronx, served in the navy, sold industrial engines, and ran several curio shops in the Boston area. His thirteen novels include The Secret Life of Algernon Pendleton and The Bric-a-Brac Man.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Fortress of Solitude.
“Apart from its originality and complexity, it has that most exhilarating of qualities: the power to reawaken our sense of life’s possibilities.” —Anne Tyler