Item description for Chasing the Wolf by Nathan Singer...
A tender look into the madness of love, the madness of hate, and the dark secrets that lie along the banks of the muddy Mississippi.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 25, 2006
Publisher Bleak House Books
ISBN 1932557148 ISBN13 9781932557145
Availability 0 units.
More About Nathan Singer
Nathan Singer is a novelist, playwright, composer, and experimental performance artist. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, "A Prayer for Dawn" and "Chasing the Wolf". He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he is currently at work on new projects.
Nathan Singer currently resides in Cincinnati, in the state of Ohio.
Reviews - What do customers think about Chasing the Wolf?
near to the heart...of darkness Jul 9, 2008
Have you ever had the experience of discovering that a great talent resides in your neck of the woods? That is the experience I had upon reading Nathan Singer for the first time with his novel Chasing the Wolf. I picked up this novel because the subject of the blues combined with a visual artist appeals to me (I am a visual artist my ownself). The whole 'connection' involved in this novel was enjoyable to me as I discovered that the author Singer resides (and instructs) in my native city of Cincinnati (He is an instructor of creative writing at the University of Cincinnati). I have now repeatedly kicked myself for 'missing' the performance of this well constructed story on stage. You can be sure it is not a mistake I will make again if I ever have the chance to see any future works by Singer performed on stage. If you enjoy the writings of Joe R. Lansdale and Neal Barrett Jr (to mention just a few of the authors that Singer 'relates' to) then you owe it to yourself to read this novel. I feel that Singer strikes a familiar 'chord' with Lansdale in particular, as Singer's writing 'resonates' with issues of race and social relations. In ending I'd like to extend a note to Mr. Singer, if ya ever need an artist to adorn your book covers, I'd love to take a stab at it!
Long Time Coming! Mar 16, 2006
I was fortunate enough to have Nathan as a guest on a radio show I hosted in Cincinnati many moons ago when Chasing The Wolf was just being written. The other fortunate part was hearing him read passages from it on the show. A prolific artist, in Chasing The Wolf, Nathan has written a fine piece of literature and it also shows that he's been developing his unique voice for some time. A great read (I'm not sure how close the published version will be to the computer-printed copy he presented to me, but I enjoyed it tremendously) and well worth the investment of time & money.
Like Nothing I've Ever Read Before Dec 29, 2005
Chasing the Wolf is like the cyclone from The Wizard of Oz--it picks you up and you stare through your window at whirling faces who transform from the ordinary into nightmares. Only in this case the cyclone sets you down someplace much darker than Oz.
Although the plot involves time travel, it doesn't have a have a science fiction feel to it at all. Like Richard Matheson's Bid Time Return and Jack Finney's Time and Again, the focus is on the characters, not the mechanics of a time machine but this is far more dangerous. Octavia Butler's Kindred is the closest thing I've ever encountered: dealing with race relations and devotion beyond time.
I'm not normally the type who wants to read a happy-ending version of King Lear or hope for Lear II: Regan's Revenge but in this case I would love to see more of these characters and the world of this novel. Just the theories of Time-walking that one Walker develops are better than any hard-pseudo-science explanation. We get a glimpse of something incredibly intriguing and it ends before I was ready to let go. It's like watching a beautiful woman begin to undress but then she sees you and yanks shut the blinds.
I highly recommend Chasing the Wolf but don't start it at night if you have to wake up early in the morning.
Go along for a ride... Dec 5, 2005
Chasing the Wolf reads like a chase, with a writing style, and page layout that forces a reader to keep turning, keep looking, keep chasing, as our main character first stumbles, then chases through time. A love story, an artist's story, a fantasy, an ode to Robert Johnson, and oh yeah, there's time travel too, all crafted together with bits and pieces of everyday sarcastic goodness. The highlight of the storytelling is the dialogue. Writing conversations realistically, to the point where the conversations are believeable is a difficult thing....but Nathan makes me feel like I'm eavesdropping.
I'm not sure if Nathan was on speed, or heavily caffeinated when he wrote this book, but the story moves at a pace that leads me to believe that must have been true. And, as the story jumps from NYC to little towns in Mississippi, from present day, to Depression-era, the reader just goes along for the ride. Nathan writes with the flavor and color and humor of Vonnegut, and the images fall into place without overly excessive detail.
Hot shot, hipster, high-art-society New York City....to rural, small town, dirt roads....and this is just the first ten pages. "Everyone in New York is "neo" something" - well Nathan Singer is a neo-literary-genius.
No matter where you go, you gonna come back home someday Nov 19, 2005
A modern-day Billy Pilgrim (Eli Cooper from twenty-first century New York City) meets 1930's Mississippi blues heroes, friends, and eventually foes while searching for answers in pre-modern times. Similarites between past and present cultural issues surface in surprising ways to make this book an important read for people from all ages and walks of life.