With Ring in a River, Eckhard Gerdes, one of America’s most innovative novelists, further pries the novel away from its subservience to 19th century literary conventions and enthusiastically flings it into the realities of modern life. When Eckhard Gerdes’s Truly Fine Citizen was published in 1989, the innovative British novelist Michael Moorcock said it was “the work of a writer clearly impatient with the currently devalued conventions of modern fiction. The book is a fresh wind. I congratulate Mr. Gerdes on raising this particular storm!” With Ring in a River, the storm continues unabated. Eckhard Gerdes takes the reader into the world of Austin, Texas, circa April 1962, and transplants a newly disenfranchised Iowa philosophy professor into a life of jazz, ornithology, madness, and self-redefinition in that inimitable way which we have come to expect of this great writer.
About the Author
When Ring in a River was first published in 1994, Eckhard Gerdes was teaching English and creative writing at Macon State College. He holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in English from Roosevelt University. He was married to the late filmmaker Persis Gerdes. They have three sons: Sterling, Ludwig, and Ulysses.