North of Patagonia

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ISBN 978-0-8101-5121-5
Publication Date
May 2001
Page Count
245 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

North of Patagonia

Johnny Payne

This darkly humorous fourth novel by Johnny Payne takes us from the blues clubs and boxing rings of Chicago to the world of Kentucky harness racing and the hedonism of South Beach. Its characters--among them the black elites of Chicago and the white working stiffs of Hooftown--live by their wits, able to outfox everyone but themselves, and all the time borne up by big hopes and big hearts.

About the Author

Johnny Payne is an associate professor in the English department at Florida Atlantic University and the director of Florida Atlantic's creative writing program. His works include Conquest of the New Word: Experimental Fiction and Translation in the Americas and the novels Chalk Lake, Baja, and Kentuckiana, published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. He is the editor and translator of She-Calf and Other Quechua Folk Tales.

"This entertaining fourth novel is the work of a master ventriloquist, its fragmented episodes a shifting kaleidoscope of memories and experiences. . . . [A]t once psychologically insightful and moving." --Publishers Weekly
"A keen observer of people and places, Johnny Payne weaves a story of interesting characters and settings that will fascinate the reader." --Sara Orwig, author of Comanche Passion