Books by Norman Lock

FEAST DAY OF THE CANNIBALS  by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2019

"It takes a little while to build up speed, but this novel memorably provides a window into old New York and its narrator's conflicted mind."
The latest book in Lock's American Novels series is narrated by a colleague of Herman Melville's, who tells a story that quietly moves toward gothic territory. Read full book review >
THE WRECKAGE OF EDEN  by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Lock deftly tells a visceral story of belief and conflict, with abundant moments of tragedy and transcendence along the way."
A man with a long connection to Emily Dickinson loses his faith in the midst of battle. Read full book review >
A FUGITIVE IN WALDEN WOODS  by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Precisely structured and abounding with memorable characters, this novel invokes the past while feeling decidedly relevant to contemporary issues and debates."
The protagonist of Lock's latest novel escapes from slavery and falls in with a group of transcendentalist thinkers in New England. Read full book review >
THE PORT-WINE STAIN by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"This chilling and layered story of obsession succeeds both as a moody period piece and as an effective and memorable homage to the works of Edgar Allan Poe."
Doppelgängers, literary intrigue, unhealthy obsessions, and a secret society of the death-obsessed menace a young man in this novel of 1840s Philadelphia. Read full book review >
AMERICAN METEOR by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"This novel memorably encompasses grand themes and notions of transcendence without ever losing sight of the grit and moral horrors present in the period."
A young Civil War veteran ventures West, encountering violence and moments of revelation on his way. Read full book review >
THE BOY IN HIS WINTER by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"The philosophical and literary musings are inventive, and Lock manages to make the combination of brevity and tall-tale looseness mostly work. But for all its charms, the book ultimately seems pretty diffuse."
The latest from distinguished elder statesman Lock, winner of the Aga Khan Prize from the Paris Review, is an eclectic hybrid of literary appropriation, Zelig-like historical narrative, time-travel tale and old-style picaresque. Read full book review >
LOVE AMONG THE PARTICLES by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2013

"For all their convolutions of space and time, these stories are remarkably easy to follow and savor."
A strange and engaging collection of short stories. Read full book review >