From the author of two of our most legendary novels, Catch-22
, comes a slyly funny, vastly revelatory memoir that is at once a loving
evocation of a lost America and an exploration of the frontier where life turns
Now and Then follows Joseph Heller from his fatherless childhood on the
boardwalks of Depression-era Coney Island, where he grew up amid the rumble of
the Cyclone and the tantalizing aroma of Mrs. Shatzkin's knishes. It offers a
dizzying bombardier's-eye view of the sky over wartime Italy, where Heller
encountered the characters and incidents he would later translate into Catch-22.
It depicts a writer coming to terms with both rejection and celebrity. Here, in
short, is a life filled with incident and insight, recollected with subversive
humor, exquisite timing, and a fine appreciation for the absurd.
"Lovely, the best writing Heller has done since the book that made him famous.... A joy." --Washington Post Book World
"Mouthwatering, elegantly written, lovingly detailed." --The New York Times Book Review
"A lovely, moving, affirming, celebratory work of courage, clarity, insight and joy."--The Sun [Baltimore]