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The Gambler's Nephew

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"Jack Matthews’ first novel, Hanger Stout, Awake!, was published in 1967, and his latest, The Gambler’s Nephew, is already the 23rd in his half-century career. Thankfully it’s never too late to discover a writer this pleasant to read."—Claire Blechman, Ploughshares

"There's so much to delight a reader in local author Jack Matthews' new novel, The Gambler's Nephew, it's hard
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Etruscan Press
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I really like how this book evokes the time period so well without being overly in love with the fact that it is doing so, unlike so many historically-based novels you see. Matthews doesn't paint his picture and then encourage you to step back and admire it. Instead, he paints his picture and gets on with his story. Also, I like the uniqueness of the voice that presents the novel. The novel has a narrator, but it presents the thoughts of characters almost like they are thinking them...but in a w ...more
The setting is life along the Ohio River, as the time of slavery in the US is coming to a violent end, but it's not a war story. The characters are quirky, yet perversely real, not quite pioneers, but distinctly at the familiar edge of small town 'civilization.'
Robert Nagle
I've read most of Jack Matthews' fiction, and this is probably among his best works. Highly readable, provocative, and full of grand ideas and humor. (See my complete review on my blog).
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Jack Matthews (born 1925) is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and former professor. He has published 7 novels, 7 collections of short stories, a novella, and
8 volumes of essays. He is an avid book collector, and many of his book finds served as a
basis for his essays and the historical topics he explored in his fiction. His 1972 novel
The Charisma Campaigns was nominated for th
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