Swanny's Ways by Steve Katz
(New American Fiction)

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William Swanson, the reluctant hero of Katz's Florry of Washington Heights, living awkwardly in the 1990s, mysteriously begins to write the stories of the obsession that came on him in the 1960s when he suddenly remembered the murder of Florry and of the injustice he witnessed years before as a child. He seeks to reconcile the past and the Washington Heights of his youth with that neighborhood today. When he anonymously delivers these stories into the hands of his former gang nemesis/hero, Jack Ryan, the latter's careful, rationally structured life comes unglued. In this novel time folds into itself and compresses fantasy into reality, nudges the unknown into illumination, pushes narrative until it crumbles at its boundaries.

About Steve Katz

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published March 1, 2000 by Sun & Moon Press. 554 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The last installment in a trilogy (Wier & Pouce and Florry of Washington Heights), Swanny's Ways has nothing in common with Swan's Way save sheer length.

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Suppose Swanson became a homeless man, or a sleek lawyer at last, or found a dying homeless man in an alley with his own name, William (Swanny) Swanson?

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