Arc D'X by Steve Erickson

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In a desperate effort to liberate herself, a fourteen-year-old slave—mistress to the man who invented America—finds herself flung into a different time and world
Steve Erickson’s provocative reimagining of American history, Arc d’X begins with the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. With “skin . . . too white to be quite black and too black to be quite white,” Sally is loved only to the extent that she can be possessed, and finds hope only in the promise that her children’s lives will be different from her own. The couple’s paradox-riven union echoes through the ages and in an alternate epoch where time plays by other rules. In Aeonopolis, a theocratic city at the foot of a volcano, priests seek to have Sally indicted, and in an emptied-out Berlin, the Wall is being rebuilt. Dizzyingly imaginative, Arc d’X is an unrivaled exploration of “the pursuit of happiness.”

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Published April 30, 2013 by Open Road Media. 313 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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All encounters, whether in the Fleurs d'X, a bar in the red-light area of the Primacy, or in a deserted Berlin hotel are explorations of the intersection--the arc of x--between ``history's denial of the human heart,'' on the one hand, and, ``on the other, history's secret pursuit of the heart's e...

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Erickson, who has attracted a strong following with his three novels (the most recent was Tours of the Black Clock ) and the memoir Leap Year , has now written his most provocative novel yet, an apocalyptic narrative in which he yokes his grim vision of America to the exalted vision of Thomas Jef...

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Part historical melodrama and part detective story, part cyberpunk thriller (dizzying jumps take us to 1999 Berlin) and part science fiction (there's talk about a dark temporal star ''weighing 72,454 seconds'' that sits between the millennia, waiting to swallow history), Erickson's tour de fo...

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Erickson writes richly and powerfully about Jefferson and Hemings in the book's first part.

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