ZYZZYVA Reviews FELLOW MORTALS

zyzzyvaThe literary journal Zyzzyva reviewed FELLOW MORTALS this week. A zyzzyva is a South American weevil.

Fellow Mortals is a thoughtful examination on how tragedy can change different people in different ways. But it also reveals how we often avoid confronting the fear and pain that manifests in our thoughts. When Sam Bailey finds himself lost in the forest, he is “thinking to himself, it’s all right, it’s all right, because he doesn’t want to say it out loud.” In Fellow Mortals, we can commiserate with that feeling.”

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FELLOW MORTALS: Essays and Interviews

Stanley

Stanley Hadsell, aka Socrates Claus, of the peerless Market Block Books

Part of my essay on how I became a writer has been republished by FSG at their Work in Progress blog, and tells the story of how loserdom, dating, and a movie played important formative roles:

GIRLS AND DEAD POETS

Writers Digest has published the unusual, twisty story of how I got a literary agent, several times, and still almost didn’t get published:

HOW I GOT MY AGENT: DENNIS MAHONEY

I was recently interviewed by the Albany Times Union:

TIMES UNION INTERVIEW

I was also interviewed by The College of Saint Rose, where I earned my BA:

SAINT ROSE INTERVIEW

Here are two extremely kind blogger reviews from people I don’t know:

FELLOW MORTALS: Reviewed by IT’S EITHER SADNESS OR EUPHORIA

FELLOW MORTALS: Reviewed by JENNY ARCH

And thanks to everyone who attended the wonderful launch party at Market Block Books in Troy, NY!

Booklist Starred Review for Fellow Mortals

More good news. BOOKLIST gave FELLOW MORTALS a Starred Review in their latest issue:

Carefully yet implacably drawing upon the theme that we are all connected, Mahoney’s quietly powerful debut snapshots the lives of suburban neighbors who become bound to one another through an almost unbearably banal yet utterly real tragedy…. With the barest glimmer of hope to buoy the calamities of his deeply earnest, lyrical story, Mahoney can share shelf space with Dave Eggers and Stewart O’Nan.