American Odyssey &
Praise for American Odyssey
All time is simultaneous, some philosophers posit. In American Odyssey, Doug Clark drolly turns a Marine returning from Afghanistan into a modern Ulysses. During his journey home, Leo Lewis encounters Athena, Poseidon, and a pantheon of other sometimes-cranky Greeks. Clark’s writing in this spirited novella is sly and sublime— and you can’t top his cast of characters.”
Author of The Origin of Sorrow, and eight other books
Combine the American legend of the great road trip with the Greek epic of Ulysses returning from the Trojan War and you get an original: a novel about an Afghanistan War veteran using the byroads of the continent to heal his horrors and deal with his demons. The tale of this Marine is the story of a million other war veterans taking the “long drive home.
Author of A Reporter’s World: Passions, Places, and People
Like Odysseus returning from the Trojan War, Leo Lewis, stressed-out Marine survivor of a long tour in Afghanistan, returns to his estranged wife and young son. But first comes a solo car trip across an America that’s different from the one he left, where survival now is just as uncertain as combat in Kandahar. Tested by a pantheon of self-serving yet sometimes compassionate gods, Leo’s journey is full of twists and turns, with the abiding lesson that no one should presume to know his own fate. Evocatively written and bursting with insights.
Author of The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder, and 22 other books
Doug Clark presents us with a whimsical juxtaposition of Homer’s language and our own. Having finished his service as a Marine in Afghanistan, Leo Lewis sets out on a road trip across America back to his wife and a young son he has never met, but Nausicaa and Circe set out to lure him, and the Greek gods watch for ways to help or hinder him. Although Leo despises the materialism and hedonism of the companions he meets, can he expect anything more? Leo’s odyssey highlights the alienation and isolation of trying to find one’s way to a home one hardly knows.
Professor of Classics,
St. John’s College
Praise for The Odyssey
I’m so sick and tired of my kids all blaming each other when something goes wrong in the world. It’s good to have Homer’s reliable information so I can settle their little spats and get back to bed with Hera.
Thanks a lot, Homer. I’m sure glad you kept me up to date on what was taking Ulysses so long. I knew he should have been home sooner after that awful war, especially with a hot chick like Penelope waiting for him. I really feel sorry for the poor guy—and he’s such a hunk too!
—Helen of Troy
Boy, and I thought my twelve labors were tough. At least they didn’t take ten years like that Ulysses dude. He sure saw a lot of action—just the way I like things—and Homer really can tell it like it is. I can’t wait for the sequel.
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