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
Eckhard Gerdes has published books of poetry, drama, and fourteen books of fiction, including the novels Hugh Moore (for which he was awarded an &Now Award) and My Landlady the Lobotomist (a top five finisher in the 2009 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll and nominated for the 2009 Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel of the Year). He has also won the Bissell Award, been a finalist for the Starcherone and the Blatt awards, and was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year. His most recent books are a tongue-in-cheek work of creative nonfiction, How to Read (Guide Dog Books); a novel, White Bungalows (Dirt Heart Pharmacy Press); and a collection, Three Plays (Black Scat Books). He lives in Aurora, Illinois, and has three children and four grandchildren. None of them are named Robbie, Chip, or Ernie.