New novel is said to be old school: like Dickens

In his new book, Tom Bedlam by George Hagen, is what The New York Times is calling, “the first half of “Tom Bedlam,” whose action takes place in London, the English countryside and Scotland in the 1870s and ’80s, reads like a very skilled pastiche of Dickens.”

The novel is said to have the whole shebang: mean folks, nice folks, rich folks, poor folks. Tom Bedlam has been called a ‘terrific’ book and one that, according to The New York Times’ reviewer Terrence Rafferty, “It’s not a truly old-fashioned novel; it’s not (thankfully) anything so crass as a postmodern “subversion” of traditional fiction either.”

The novel begins in Victorian London and ends in post-WWI South Africa. The Washington Post has said, “But if you’re, say, 150 years old and complain that they don’t write novels the way they used to, I’ve got good news.”

Where are all the great future classic literary novels of today? Perhaps Tom Bedlam is one of many that will follow. Published by Random House, the novel finishes at 464 pages.


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