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In this panoramic tale of manifest destiny, Stephen Moran comes of age with the young country that he crosses on the Union Pacific, just as the railroad unites the continent. Propelled westward from his Brooklyn neighborhood and the killing fields of the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn, he befriends Walt Whitman, becomes a bugler on President Lincoln’s funeral train, apprentices with frontier photographer William Henry Jackson, and stalks General George Custer. When he comes face-to-face with Crazy Horse, his life will be spared but his dreams haunted for the rest of his days.

By turns elegiac and comic, American Meteor is a novel of adventure, ideas, and mourning: a unique vision of America’s fabulous and murderous history.

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  • “The crafty Moran is a perfect everyman: his naïve, directionless unrest gradually cleaves from the irresponsible aggression of Manifest Destiny, for which Custer becomes a figurehead, and focuses into something far more wise, as readers witness. Likewise, Moran’s tall tale is a perfect fit for Lock’s storytelling: this feels like a campfire tale, an old-fashioned yarn full of rich historical detail about hard-earned lessons and learning to do right.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Mark Bramhall employs a slightly gravelly tone for world-weary Stephen Moran, who, on his deathbed, recalls the events he witnessed and was party to during the taming of the American West. Bramhall’s versatility in voicing dialogue shines as he portrays a diverse group of people across a range of ages and ethnicities…Bramhall’s perfect pacing and understated drama enliven Moran’s adventures.”


  • “Rather like Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man…It’s a lot to pack into a short novel, but Lock manages it with rueful grace…He writes beautifully, with many subtle, complex insights.”


  • “A young Civil War veteran ventures west, encountering violence and moments of revelation on his way…This novel memorably encompasses grand themes and notions of transcendence without ever losing sight of the grit and moral horrors present in the period.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, June 8, 2015
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
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About the Author

Norman Lock is the award-winning author of novels, short fiction, and poetry, as well as stage, radio, and screenplays. He has won the Dactyl Foundation Literary Fiction Award, the Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, and writing fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.