Loon Lake

Loon Lake

By E. L. Doctorow

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812978216, 258pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2007

The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression. A late-summer night finds him alone and shivering beside a railroad track in the Adirondack mountains when a private railcar passes. Brightly lit windows reveal well-dressed men at a table and, in another compartment, a beautiful girl holding up a white dress before her naked form. Joe will follow the track to the mysterious estate at Loon Lake, where he finds the girl along with a tycoon, an aviatrix, a drunken poet, and a covey of gangsters. Here Joe's fate will play out in this powerful story of ambition, aggression, and identity. Loon Lake is another stunning achievement of this acclaimed author.
Powerful . . . a] complex and haunting meditation on modern American history.
" The New York Times"
A genuine thriller . . . a marvelous exploration of the complexities and contradictions of the American dream . . . Not under any circumstances would we reveal the truly shattering climax.
"The Dallas Morning News
A dazzling performance . . . "Loon Lake"] anatomizes America with insight, passion, and inventiveness.
" The Washington Post Book World"
Hypnotic . . . tantalizes long after it has ended.
" Time"
Compelling . . . brilliantly done.
" St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
A masterpiece.
Chicago Sun-Times.

About the Author
Edgar Lawrence Doctorow is an American author known for his works of historical fiction.