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Now available, "The All American Game," a new novel by Robert J. Seidman. Available on line for $5.99.

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Publication Date: July 22, 2014 A deft, fast-paced excursion into the worlds of the Native American, of the gambling casino, of sports and sex. Will Fox, the young Seneca protagonist of "The All American Game," is a bright wiseguy who’s a lacrosse star. After a dangerous, soul-searching stint in jail, Will tries to go straight by attending an elite, almost all-white Ivy League-type college. He’s in and out of trouble in the classroom, on the lacrosse field and in the winner-take-all attempt to secure a gambling casino for the Iroquois. In the quest for the gambling mecca he’s the protégé of his unforgettable grandfather, Standing Bear, who has an ingrained distrust—alright, hatred—of the white man. The reader’s tossed back and forth as Will makes the challenging sometimes instantaneous commute between two very different cultures. Meanwhile, Will’s off-and-on devotion to his Mohawk love Anne runs into complications when he becomes involved with an upscale young white woman. The exciting climax of the public action comes when the Tribe inches very close to a deal for a casino with the New York State legislature.
A trilogy, Seidman is working on the second novel.

Other novels by Seidman:
"Moments Captured," a review:

I started reading and haven't been able to put it down.  I was reading it outside walking the dog today.  And now, I'm  reading it to Motoko while she's cooking but skipping the feminist parts so she doesn't try to get me to cook.  You'll enjoy it as much as I am.

Jules Quinlan, Chicago, Illinois

Another review:
I read "Moments Captured" with enormous pleasure. It is beautifully written from the first page forward. The “Flying Studio” is especially well-done. I loved the way you handled the tensions between technology and commerce—whether with Muybridge, Stanford, Edison, etc.—throughout the text. Your research and mastery of technical issues of photography, painting, engraving, railroad construction, and even capital punishment was also very impressive. I would have enjoyed seeing accompanying photographs—perhaps they will appear in another edition or sequel one day? But, of course, without them, the reader is forced to exercise much imagination.
The expanse and variety of subjects is matched by a magnificent geographical reach. The book moves from West to East to West to East, even touching on China. It was also a vocabulary lesson for me—sibilant, ectomorphic, and kouroi. By the way, the book jacket gives a pretty accurate description of the novel.
Congratulations on a great achievement. The book deserves to have much success.

Selected Works

Fiction
A review of Seidman's "Moments Captured" that appeared in "Curled Up with a Good Book" in early December 2012
There are indelible characters, both historical and fictional: the tireless experimenter Muybridge; the impassioned feminist Holly Hughes, a gifted dancer and strong-minded feminist; Denise Faveraux, Holly’s friend and sometime companion, a prostitute with a fast ironic mind and the hard-won knowledge of how to protect herself from the profession’s worst nightmare, disease; Leland Stanford, the master builder California ex-Governor whose transcontinental ambitions conflict with Holly’s commitment to female equality; Jacques Fauconier, the flamboyant self-assured French sometime lover of Holly; Samuel Montague, the ingenious chief engineer of the Central Pacific who provides Muybridge with the decisive element in his quest to capture the trotting horse; Collis Ward, Stanford’s sneaky snaky assistant; Thomas Alva Edison, the brilliant inventor/promoter who cleverly cashes in on Muybridge’s motion picture project. There are cameo appearances by historical/fictional individuals, including the photographer Matthew Brady, the painter Jean-Leon Gerome and Walt Whitman. A teeming, multitudinous canvas, as crammed with life and conflict as the Gilded Age itself.
"One Smart Indian is an astonishing act of empathy."
–John Leonard, New York Times
Positive reviews extolled the novel's ability to combine compelling mystery with a fascinating story about a young couple's relationship and class in America.
Nonfiction
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