The story of an immigrant boy who's caught up in a race riot and lynching, based on events surrounding the Omaha Race Riot of 1919. While trying to find a safe place in the world after being exiled from his home during a global war, Karel Miihlstein is caught in a singular historical moment and one of America’s most tragic episodes.
Written in the tradition of the historically-set work of Don DeLillo, Denis Johnson, and Colum McCann, On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown depicts its characters in deep personal detail and wide social panorama — from a contentious Interrace baseball game on the Fourth of July to the ear-splitting clatter of a race riot — while revealing the folly of human nature in an age of astonishing ambition.
Theodore Wheeler’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New American Voices, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Boulevard, and Five Chapters, among others, and received special mention in a Pushcart Prize anthology. He's won the Tarcher/Penguin Top Artist Writing Contest and the Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar for his writing about the courthouse lynching of Will Brown, and in 2014 was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. Wheeler lives in Omaha with his wife and two daughters, where he is a legal reporter covering the civil courts of Nebraska.