The Book of Lazarus
Richard Grossman

The Book of Lazarus is as much a novel about the O'Banion family as it is a scrapbook of the dead -- murder victims to be exact. The death of Mitchell O'Banion, a.k.a. Mitchell Finkelstein, a former political terrorist with family ties to organized crime, brings together a bizarre lot of ex-anarchists whose paths have criss-crossed from the heady days of the sixties to the present. In the middle of it all is Emma O'Banion, who has not seen her father Mitchell for years. As Emma uncovers the story of her father's life, death, and the vast fortune he has left behind, a frightening family history unfolds. Surrounding Emma is another world, one in which the stories of the dead and the insane are revealed in poetry, aphorisms, photographs, and handwritten notes from the grave.

"Bold and brilliant."
William T. Vollman

"The Book of Lazarus is an amazement...It blew me away."
Dennis Cooper

"The Book of Lazarus is a novel that ought to change the direction of American publishing."
The Nation

"[The Book of Lazarus is] an exceptional feat of choreography and a radical vision for the possibilities of fiction."
The Village Voice

The Book of Lazarus is the second book in Richard Grossman's American Letters Trilogy. The first book, The Alphabet Man, won the 1993 Illinois State University/Fiction Collective Two National Fiction Competition. Grossman's volume of poetry The Animals was published by Graywolf Press in 1990. He lives in Los Angeles.

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