My very dear friend Tyler Malone in The Hedgehog Review:
"If America is continually rewriting itself, moving toward some better unification of its manifold parts while simultaneously acknowledging the inability to achieve such a union, then clearly the task of the Great American Novel must be to mirror this process of creating an ever more perfect union.
Indeed, the real problem with the Great American Novel may be with the article we use to introduce it. Rather than the, might the more democratic article a reflect more truly the connection with our deepest myth? There’s no shame in hoping to read or attempting to write a novel whose “wood could only be American.” The shame is in not realizing that the Great American Novel is being constantly rewritten, one over the other over the other, the lineaments of the earlier versions still discernable in the newer ones—a palimpsest destiny rather than a manifest one."
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