Samantha Hunt’s The Invention of Everything Else
The Invention of Everything Else
by Samantha Hunt
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A down-on-his-luck visionary has conversations with the love of his life, a pigeon. An autodidact builds a time machine and makes a date to fly it with his best friend, a night watchman at the New York Public Library. An army mechanic comes home from the war against Hitler—or perhaps from the future—to court a chambermaid, who steals the visionary’s notes for a death ray. Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, Mark Twain, and the old Pennsylvania Station put in appearances. Not quite science fiction, not quite historical fiction, not quite fantasy, Samantha Hunt’s new novel falls within an increasingly popular genre whose roots dig down through Michael Chabon and E. L. Doctorow all the way, arguably, to Hawthorne: haute nostalgic goofball Americana.
The Invention of Everything Else is a particularly sweet example.
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