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Brace yourself for a collision between 1865 and 1955. Joan Matcham has just discovered that she’s pregnant by a man who died ninety years earlier: Abraham Lincoln. His brief sojourn to the Illinois of 1955 ended, he is returned to his own time and place, leaving Joan to deal with the consequences of their night together. Even as friendship, impending motherhood, and a new love revive Joan, she is haunted by recurring visions of the last week of Lincoln’s life. This alternative history tale brings Lincoln’s emotions and thoughts to the modern reader, from 1865, through 1955, all the way to us in the present. With references to Shakespeare, Arabian Nights and others, Tony Wolk’s Good Friday is truly an intimate and compelling story that defies classification and appeals to readers across genres.
Good Friday—the sequel to Abraham Lincoln, A Novel Life—is the second of Wolk’s novels published by Ooligan Press, the teaching press at Portland State University. A remarkable work, Good Friday is sure to leave readers eagerly anticipating the final installment of Wolk’s Lincoln trilogy.
If I could magically grant Abraham Lincoln the gift of a day—an extra day outside the arc of his life, a day apart from the cataclysm of war, a day of comfort and surprise and hope—I can imagine none better than the day Tony Wolk has given him in Abraham Lincoln, A Novel Life, and no better companion to spend that day with than dear Joan Matcham. This is a magical, hopeful, rigorously real novel, a novel to take to your heart.
— Molly Glass, author of The Jump-Off Creek
“Many wonderful things have been written about Abraham Lincoln, but never anything like this poignant, pixilated tale of the past turning to the future and the future to the past.”
— Ursula Le Guin, author of Gifts