http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2011/06/book-review-johnny-one-eye-by-jerome.html then it might have piqued your interest enough to check it out.
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The cover art you see here is for the hardcover edition, which is what I reviewed. The black cover goes with the paperback version. I like both, but this lighter cover catches my eye more.
Here's a description of the book from Amazon:
Johnny One-Eye is bringing about the rediscovery of one of the most "singular and remarkable [careers] in American literature" (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World). In this picaresque tour de force that reanimates Revolutionary Manhattan through the story of double agent John Stocking, the bastard son of a whorehouse madam and possibly George Washington, Jerome Charyn has given us one of the most memorable historical novels in years. As Johnny seeks to unlock the mystery of his birth and grapples with his allegiances, he falls in love with Clara, a gorgeous, green-eyed octoroon, the most coveted harlot of Gertrude's house. The wild parade of characters he encounters includes Benedict Arnold, the Howe brothers, "Sir Billy" and "Black Dick," and a manipulative Alexander Hamilton.
Not since John Barth's The Sotweed Factor and Gore Vidal's Burr has a novel so dramatically re-created America's historical beginnings.
Here are some additional reviews from Charyn's website:
"A rollicking tale."
—New York Times Book Review *Editors' Choice
"A terrific read, an imaginative evocation of Manhattan in chaos written with great energy and seductive cadence."
"Charyn's command of time and place is masterful: the reader can practically smell the gunpowder that suffuses the war-torn city. As a kaleidoscopic view of a tumultuous era, the book deserves to be spoken about in the same breath as E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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