Meet John Trow by Thomas L. Dyja

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Steven Armour, though only forty, is already fighting off a midlife crisis-his once-brilliant career fizzling, his marriage going stale, his inner life taking strange, disorienting turns. Then, on an impulse, Steven joins a group of Civil War reenactors, and much to his own and everyone else's amazement, his life suddenly turns around. Assigned to portray a Connecticut private named John Trow, Steven throws himself into the weekend exercises with a zeal and confidence he never knew he possessed. He effortlessly masters the Union Army's complex drills, he bonds with the other men in his regiment, and he becomes infatuated, and then passionately obsessed with Polly Kellogg, the regiment captain's wife. Indeed, so thoroughly does Steven Armour embrace the ghostly life of Civil War Private John Trow that his own identity begins to slip through his fingers with deadly consequences.

"Chucking it all is an urge every twenty-first century American occasionally feels, or ought to. In Meet John Trow, Thomas Dyja uses that impulse to drive a novel that's part business satire, part domestic drama, part postmodern ghost story. And the whole thing works like a dream." (Kurt Anderson, bestselling author of Turn of the Century)

About Thomas L. Dyja

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Thomas Dyja is a partner at the book packager and publishing firm Balliatt & Fitzgerald. Dyja lives in New York City.
Published June 3, 2002 by Viking Adult. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dyja pulls out one dazzling surprise after another, as Steven finds himself drawn to the married woman playing Mrs. Kellogg, endangering relationships with his impatient wife Patti and their two (brilliantly drawn) children, and alternately seduced and repelled by the possibly ghostly presence of...

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In Dyja's darkly comic second novel (after Play for a Kingdom), Steven Armour—like many of his fictional contemporaries—is mired in a midlife crisis.

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Passed over for promotion and transferred, Armour discovers, " 'Special Projects' [is] the kind of position .

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Book Reporter

He likes it, taking in the simple consolations of 19th century life, so he immerses himself in the life of long-dead Private John Trow, a Civil War soldier he is assigned to portray.

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Entertainment Weekly

Meet John Trow (Viking, $24.95) begins as a yuppie satire that follows Steven Armour, a miserable married father of two who's just been passed over for a meaningless promotion by his boss (and, worse yet, former assistant).

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