"The Magic Keys" winningly evokes the coming to maturity of one of
the great characters in contemporary American literature: Scooter,
the central protagonist of Albert Murray's highly acclaimed
autobiographical novels "Train Whistle Guitar," " The Spyglass
Tree," and" The Seven League Boots."
Growing up brilliant and curious in Alabama, Scooter was told he
was destined for greatness. Now newly married and a graduate
student in humanities at New York University, he goes about
discovering just what he is destined to be great at. Anchored by
Eunice, his "Mrs. Me," Scooter makes the rounds of Manhattan's
libraries, jazz hangouts, galleries, skyscrapers, and endlessly
fascinating streets, meeting the people who will help him find his
way: dapper Taft Edison, who is setting their down-home dialect
onto the pages of his novel-in-progress; Joe States, a drummer who
brings old expectations to Scooter's new life; and Jewel Templeton,
no longer his girl but still a believer. When his budding career
takes him back to Alabama, Scooter discovers both the promise of
everyday bliss and intimations of adventures to come.
In his inimitably musical, ardent prose, Murray captures the joyful
rhythms of youth and the pulse of life at the moment when
everything seems possible, in an exhilarating, tender, and
masterfully crafted novel.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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