“Fragile Unions Like the One That Conceived Me”: Matthew Loftus

on the way two recovering alcoholics' troubled marriage is still bearing fruit, decades after they almost split up: I was six months old, and my mother was ready to leave. My dad had been remarking for some time that he did not want to be married anymore, that it just wasn’t working out for him. My mother had tired of saying that that was fine.They couldn’t communicate much beyond that, though she did know how to make things dramatic. Lacking funds for a suitcase, she piled our belongings in … [Read more...]

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“In Your Guts, You Know You’re Nuts”: Mockingbird Reviews My Novel

woohoo! In her hilarious first novel, Amends, just released this past August, Eve Tushnet brings together a lively troupe of totally unhinged characters to participate in a reality TV show about addiction. The novel’s “talent” (the cast) lugs around dark histories and fears and sins, but their instability makes them not only interesting but also completely approachable. more … [Read more...]

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Link Round-Up for “Amends,” My New Novel About Reality-TV Rehab

First of all, you can buy the book and I would be quite grateful if you reviewed it at Amazon. You can also review it at Goodreads if you're a Goodreads person. All of this helps the book get to other people who might like it.Max Lindemann reviewed it; Zach Noble reviewed it. It has a Facebook page for some reason? And I may as well re-link Wesley Hill's neat piece fitting its themes into my other writing.More reviews coming soon but I'd love to hear what you guys think. This is by no … [Read more...]

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Madeleine Peyroux Covers “Between the Bars”

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It Always Rains on Ben Affleck: Short Movie Reviews

The Leopard: Burt Lancaster is the patriarch of an aristocratic Sicilian family whose role in society is inevitably being usurped by the rising middle class during the period of Italian unification. Directed in sun-soaked autumnal shade and color by Caravaggio--I mean, Visconti.Lancaster is so good at these autumnal roles (The Swimmer) and everything here is gorgeous to look at. My favorite social or psychological note was the complex role played by the Church/the family priest. The … [Read more...]

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Wesley Hill: “Eve Tushnet’s Spirituality of Humiliation”

a super-neat piece that connects my new novel to some themes in my nonfiction writing: Eve Tushnet’s new self-published novel Amends (available as an e-book or a paperback) is peak Tushnet: there are more quirky one-liners than the best standup you’ve seen, more offbeat metaphors than even Michael Chabon can conjure; there are themes of friendship and sacrifice, themes of recovery and religion; there are gay characters, and there’s even a Christian one (the latter features in an extended scene n … [Read more...]

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Question for Readers Who Know YA/Middle-Grade Books

Hi y'all. I'm looking for books where a main character is an alcoholic, for a middle-grade or YA audience.That's the bull's-eye of the target. Outer circles of the target are books with a subsidiary alcoholic character (I already know about Haymitch so apparently I'm going to venture into the Hunger Games books, pray for me); books with main characters who are addicted to other drugs, including fictional drugs; books where a main character goes through a period of heavy drinking that isn't … [Read more...]

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