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World Fantasy Award Finalist for Best Novel!
A fantastical novel based on the story of America's greatest hoax, "the Cardiff Giant"—shows up even the legendary P.T.Barnum! All with a great twist from award-winning and regular F&SF author Harvey Jacobs, called "one of the country's most accomplished authors" by Kirkus Reviews.
Gaze upon the ancient giant turned to stone! Hear him speak!
In 1868, George Hull heard a sermon proclaiming America to be the land of Genesis, home to the "Giants in the earth." Scion of a wealthy New York family of cigar makers, Hull set out to prove that sermon right.
And thus was born the Cardiff Giant. "Found" on Stubby Newell's farm in Cardiff, New York, in 1869, Goliath soon created more of a stir than any of P.T.Barnum's great exhibits — which, of course, piqued the interest of the Great Showman himself, who was never to be outdone when it came to separating suckers from their riches...
The tale of Goliath and his creator is a witty, raucous, and bawdy tale of American life at its finest.
Step right up and see!
PRAISE FOR AMERICAN GOLIATH
An inspired novel.
A masterpiece...arguably this year's best novel.
A wonderfully engrossing read. It is an enlightenting and life-enhancing read.
It is the best novel of a very fine writer and I recommend it to
everyone who has given up of ever again being entertained at
such a high level of aspiration.
—SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
If Mark Twain and Isaac Bashevis Singer went on a bender
and collaborated on a novel, it would be American Goliath!
Harvey Jacobs's masterpiece is a bawdy, joyous romp. It's a wonderful book.
Bells clanging, lights aflash, the plot's ball bangs and
rebounds. . . . A wonderful and wonderfully funny book.
His characters are haunting. . . . I have rarely enjoyed finding
a writer as much as I have enjoyed my own discovery of Jacobs.
He manages to satirize our all-too-human foibles and failures
without becoming too blackly unforgiving.
—Thomas M. Disch
Quietly amused, wry approach that gives distinction to Mr.
Jacobs' work . . . his dry humor would be hard to improve on.
The Saturday Review
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Here in our wonderful American past
you will find wonders rarely glimpsed before. Behold the greatest
showman in the history of the ages! Gaze upon the ancient giant turned to stone!
Marvel at our hero, as entertaining in his own way as Little Egypt!
Look upon the amazing world of Harvey Jacobs! Come one,
come all, for an experience never to be forgotten!
Like Doctorow's Ragtime and George R. R. Martin's Fevre Dream, it's one of those totally realized, hallucinated pasts. It's swell.
A great book should aspire (and succeed) in making you
laugh, making you cry and just maybe, making you
think. . . . Harvey's novels will do all that.
About Harvey Jacobs
Harvey Jacobs is the award-winning author of "American Goliath" ("An inspired novel"—TIME Magazine). His short fiction has appeared in a wide spectrum of magazines in the USA and abroad including Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, New Worlds, and many anthologies. In addition to the novels and short stories, he has written widely for television, the Earplay Project for radio drama, and helped create and name the Obie Awards for the Village Voice. He was publisher of the counterculture newspaper, East. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Arts Council CAPS award for drama, a Playboy Fiction Award, and a Writers Guild of America script award.
About the Author
A Writer without Borders
Harvey Jacobs is the award winning author of seven books, including the novels Side Effects, reviewed by Kirkus Reviews as "A great comic novel ... by one of America's most accomplished authors"; American Goliath, called "the year's best book" by Publishers Weekly, featured in Time Magazine ("An inspired novel"), and a finalist for the World Fantasy Award; The Juror, exploring the flip side of 12 Angry Men; and Summer on a Mountain of Spices, about the heyday of a "Borcht Belt" hotel in the last week of WWII. The Egg of the Glak and Other Stories, his first story collection and still a cult favorite, was followed by My Rose and My Glove, containing stories real and surreal.
Harvey Jacobs has written widely for television, the Earplay Project for radio drama, and helped create and name the Obie Awards for the Village Voice. He was publisher of the counterculture newspaper, East. His short fiction has appeared in a wide spectrum of magazines in the USA and abroad including Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, New Worlds, and many anthologies. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Arts Council CAPS award for drama, a Playboy Fiction Award, and a Writers Guild of America script award.
Harvey passed away in 2017. Friend and author Chet Gottfried wrote this memorial about him, at
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