A Shortcut in Time

A Shortcut in Time

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Charles Dickinson's novels and short stories have won widespread acclaim for their deft characterization, humanity, and humor. Newsday described him as "a writer thoroughly in command of his art," while the Chicago Tribune wrote "he can surprise us at almost every turn." Now Dickinson slips beyond the bounds of mundane realism to create a poignant fantasy that bears comparison to the work of Jack Finney and Jonathan Carroll. Euclid, Illinois, is a town of many shortcuts, between houses, through orchards, and across fields. Josh Winkler, a local artist and longtime resident, knows these irregular pathways well, but is thoroughly taken aback when a hasty dash down a familiar walk deposits him fifteen minutes in the past--literally. At first, Josh is more intrigued than alarmed by this accidental time travel. Then a lost young woman appears, claiming to be from 1908 . . . . As his life, his family, his town, and even history itself begin to unravel, Josh gradually realizes that his only salvation may lie in A Shortcut Time. Charles Dickinson has written a moving and unforgettable book about the way the past can affect the present as well as, sometimes, the other way around.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 155.4 x 233.2 x 19.3mm | 322.06g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765306395
  • 9780765306395
  • 1,552,232

About Charles Dickinson

Charles Dickinson is the acclaimed author of such novels as Crows, Rumor Has It, The Widows' Adventures, and Waltz in Marathon. He lives in Arlington, Illinois.show more

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An artist able to work magic . . . "San Francisco Chronicle" How Charles Dickinson manages to mix his particular blend of wackiness, elegant humor, and rich realism may forever remain his secret. "The New York Times""show more

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373 ratings
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4 37% (138)
3 36% (134)
2 11% (42)
1 3% (12)
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