Books by Thomas Dyja

THE THIRD COAST by Thomas Dyja
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2013

"A valuable contribution to the history of Chicago, worthy of a place alongside William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis (1991)."
A readable, richly detailed history of America's second city—which, laments novelist/historian and Chicagoan Dyja (Walter White: The Dilemma of Black Identity in America, 2008, etc.), has become a third city, perhaps even less. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2008

"Able tribute to a boundary-smashing activist."
Compact, insightful biography seeks to restore the historical importance of the energetic, light-skinned NAACP secretary whose leadership laid the groundwork for the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >
THE MOON IN OUR HANDS by Thomas Dyja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Dyja does well in spotlighting a neglected civil rights activist, less well in dramatizing the nature of evil."
Third-novelist Dyja imagines the first foray into battle of a real-life anti-lynching crusader. Read full book review >
MEET JOHN TROW by Thomas Dyja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2002

"Every bit as entertaining and gripping as it is ingenious."
An unfortunately sluggish first 50 pages give little hint of the riches of characterization, plot, and theme to be found in this superb second novel from the author of Play for a Kingdom (1997). Read full book review >
AWAKE by Thomas Dyja
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A sad case: the whole seems somewhat less than the sum of its (considerable) parts."
Novelist Dyja (Play for a Kingdom, 1997) collects 13 pieces that illustrate moments of spiritual and personal awakening, when the veil of the quotidian seems to fall away or become transparent for a potentially life-changing glimpse of reality—of what and who we are, and in what kind of universe we live. Read full book review >