"Jerome Charyn has long been one of our most rewarding novelists, and he has upped the ante in The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King, his frolic about Teddy Roosevelt in the West."

—Larry McMurtry

"Jerome Charyn is a one off: no other living American writer crafts novels with his vibrancy of historical imagination. The Cowboy King will astonish you anew. Here is Teddy Roosevelt as you've never before experienced him, and as you won't soon forget him."

—William Giraldi

"Wild, extravagant, over-the-top mythic imagination rooted history/fact—brash zaniness and fierce moral vision. . . Don't turn to the first page of Jerome Charyn's remarkable The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King unless you have time to be utterly swept away."

—Joyce Carol Oates

"No one rewrites America's strange history—or its maverick characters—with more flair, sharp-shooting wit, and compassion than the many-sided Jerome Charyn . . . He's written a raucous, poignant, charming novel about a raucous, poignant, charming Teddy Roosevelt, a man of his time, and ours. Don't miss it."

—Brenda Wineapple, author of Ecstatic Nation:
Confidence, Crisis, and
Compromise, 1848-1877


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For an astonishing span of over fifty years, Jerome Charyn has been dazzling readers with his "polymorphous imagination and crack comic timing" (Jonathan Lethem). His comic-tragic sensibility, along with his penchant for writing bold and adventurous stories, has inspired a new generation of writers across Europe and the United States, where he is nothing less than a literary icon. Now, with The Cowboy King, Charyn continues a literary structure he invented with Johnny One-Eye over a decade ago, that of using American history and the great figures it has produced to create a first-person novel rich in historical detail and uproarious dialogue.

Charging full on into American history, the main character of this audacious novel is Teddy Roosevelt, "the perfect bull in a china shop." Raising the literary bar to a new level, Charyn recreates the New York City Police Commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon-to-become 26th President through his derring-do adventures, effortlessly juxtaposing superhero dialogue and daring exploits with haunting pathos and aching tragedy. Refusing to surrender to the womb-to-tomb of the president's story, Charyn covers Roosevelt's life up until his assumption to the presidency in 1901. Cowboy King begins with TR's early years, as a sickly, asthma-wracked kid who was saved by his heroic and larger-than-life father, Braveheart, and concludes with McKinley's assassination, told in poignantly elegiac prose, positioning Roosevelt as a fearless crime fighter and a pioneering environmentalist who would grow up to be our greatest peacetime president.

With an operatic cast, including "Bamie," Roosevelt's crippled older sister; or Eleanor, his gawky little niece; as well as the devoted Rough Riders, the novel even memorably features the lovable companion mountain lion Josephine, who in real life helped train Roosevelt for his "crowded hour," the epic charge up San Juan Hill.

A master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, Charyn has created a classic of historical fiction, confirming his place as "one of the most important writers in American literature" (Michael Chabon).