“Offers mysteries that will please readers who prefer some subtlety in depictions of the uncanny, particularly the open-ended climax that invites numerous interpretations and will leave readers who relish the elusive hungry for more”.
“A retelling of the Faust legend, this rich and playful deal-with-the-devil tale will enrapture readers with the ways relationships can harm and heal us.”
“An inventive but uneven tale about what people will do to get what they want.
In this debut literary novel, three people from different decades are ensnared in one diabolical plot.”
“Ancient Faustian folklore tackles American convention in Brown’s delightfully disorienting novel, American Faust.”
“Filled with engrossing interplays between past and present, the devil, and a soulful spirit, American Faust juxtaposes literary allusion with modern-day inspections, weaving fantasy and reality into a layering of events that keep readers not just engrossed, but thinking.”
“Feast on Faust in this agile and buxom tale.
AMERICAN FAUST is a timeless cautionary tale that poses complex questions to which there are no simple answers. It is a worthwhile read, not least because it implicitly invites readers to ask uncomfortable questions of themselves.”
“There are satisfying, unpredictable narrative leaps in this Hitchcock-evocative, fantastical novel American Faust.”
Three Americans from different time periods make a deal with the Devil, only to find themselves trapped together on a mystical country estate frozen in time. They must learn to trust each other if they are ever to escape, with their souls in tact.
Rip Brown is a member of The Writer’s Room, New York City’s first and most acclaimed professional writers’ colony.
He studied creative writing at the Harvard Extension School, led writer’s groups and won first prize in Digital Americana’s short fiction competition with an excerpt from his novel, American Faust.
A former executive with Walmart in Mexico, Brown turned to writing serious fiction when his daughters became a manageable age. He lives and works in New York City.