The King Is Dead by Jim Lewis

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Returning a hero from the battlefields of World War II, Walter Selby settles into a charmed domestic life in Memphis. But in a few brief moments, Walter sees his life and his world fracture and split apart, driving him to commit a terrible crime.

Many years later, Frank Cartwright ponders his next move. His film career has left him wealthy but incomplete. When a director approaches him with a script that has a riddle for a plot Frank is intrigued by its resonance. In his search for an answer to the riddle, Frank embarks on a journey that will lead him into a past he doesn’t remember.

Jim Lewis, acclaimed author of Why the Tree Loves the Ax, returns with a novel stunning in its originality and scope. And as he tells the stories of two men and the conflicts that shape them, he delivers a powerful portrait of America and the treacherous currents that run through it.

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About Jim Lewis

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Jim Lewis was raised in New York and London. He has taught philosophy and literature at Columbia University, and has written about both politics and the arts for many magazines, journals, and museum catalogs. He has published two previous novels, Sister and Why the Tree Loves the Ax; and written a screenplay, based on a short story of his own, for Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, War, History, Romance. Fiction

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Every act is fraught with significance in this intermittently powerful but overwrought novel, set between 1950s Tennessee and present-day New York. Like an American passion play, Lewis's story

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Jim Lewis's novel, which spans the lives of a Southerner and son, is a ballad of murder and mythmaking.

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Lewis also peoples his tapestry with a myriad of small character portraits, including a moving description of Kimmie, Frank's first love a beautiful, but psychologically fragile young woman who falls over the edge of sanity into a gulf of paranoia and obsession.The Selbys, father and son, interse...

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