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Shohola Falls
A Novel

Michael Pearson

Paper $17.95    |    978-0-8156-0787-8    |    2018

Cloth $24.95    |    0-8156-0785-7    |    2003

A coming-of-age novel with a twist—along with two interracial love stories, a depiction of the explosive 1960s in America, and a cross-country search for Mark Twain.

"Michael Pearson roams back and forth between fact and fantasy, city and country, the troubled 1960s and the days of Mark Twain in this intricate adventure of a youth in confrontation with society and self."—Louis D. Rubin, Jr., author of Edge of the Swamp: A Study in the Literature and Society of the Old South

"Pearson not only creates a compelling picaresque hero in Tommy Blanks but also gives us a flesh-and-blood Mark Twain-not the literary cliché-haunting the pages of [Tommy’s] great-great-grandfather’s secret journals. Across a century, Twain’s hard-won wisdom guides Tommy home to a future bright with the promise of lasting love. A fine and original work."—Philip Gerard, author of Desert Kill and Brilliant Passage

"In reading Michael Pearson’s Shohola Falls I am reminded of a quote from Goethe: "Thinking brings forth only thought, but feeling is with living fraught," and, indeed, as in his previous works Imagined Places (1991) and the autobiographical Dreaming of Columbus (1990), Pearson’s feeling for place and for the complexities and nuances of human relationships makes his first novel a sparkling excursion into lived experience... read more


  Michael Pearson is director of the creative writing program at Old Dominion University and has published essays and stories in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Washington Post, Journal of American Culture, and Creative Nonfiction. His books include Imagined Places: Journeys into Literary America and Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx, both published by Syracuse University Press.

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