Pub Date 01 Jun 2019
Fiction. History teacher Horace Edgecomb finds himself teaching the daughter of a leading "American Civil War denier" and must confront an organization determined to disprove the occurrence of the Civil War in this satire of historical revisionism.
"Combining mystery, intrigue, and satire, Appel’s novel is a warning about how far our society has fallen down the rabbit hole of fake news and alternative facts.” —Robert Repino, author of Morte
"Jacob Appel’s Surrender Appomattox is vivid, irreverent, funny, and provocative. Through characters as sympathetic as they are quirky, Appel poses questions about history that are particularly relevant for our present day. How do we know what we know? In an age of overwhelming information, which facts should we trust? How does history become weaponized, and to what ends? The novel’s extraordinary plot will not fail to entertain you, and its insight will haunt you long after you’ve turned the final page.” —Lindsay Starck, author of Noah’s Wife
“A genuine page-turner that somehow also manages to be laugh-out-loud funny in nearly every scene, Surrendering Appomattox captures something essential about the afflictions of American society in the age of “alternative facts.” The rare combination of suspense, trenchant satire, and madcap humor is reminiscent of another diagnostic masterpiece, Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana. You don’t want to miss this novel!” —Tim Weed, author of Will Poole’s Island