Thursday, January 28, 2010

Overlook Preview: FROM AWAY by David Carkeet

Coming in March is a new novel - and the Overlook debut -from acclaimed novelist David Carkeet. From Away is a splendidly entertaining comic novel that is also a finely wrought mystery. Here's a sampling of the early praise:

"Anyone who doesn't laugh out loud at David Carkeet's writing needs to have their pulse checked. He's a very clever fellow, and this is a deftly funny book."--Carl Hiaasen

“If Alfred Hitchcock could remake Fargo, it might feel something like David Carkeet's comic-absurd latest.” – Publishers Weekly

“What a unique and engaging voice has David Carkeet. From Away is humanely funny, mysterious, and most unpredictable. It’s filled with unexpected delights, most of which come courtesy of his wise-cracking, edge-seeking protagonist Denny Braintree. I’m not sure how Carkeet does it, but I’m glad he does. Fresh and unafraid. Enjoyment guaranteed.” -T. Jefferson Parker

“Imagine Preston Sturges and Ruth Rendell collaborating and you’ve got From Away. Beautifully plotted, emotional resonant and, most of all, hilarious.” - Jonathan Kellerman

David Carkeet is the author of six novels, including Double Negative, The Full Catastrophe, and The Error of Our Ways. His memoir, Campus Sexpot, won the Creative Nonfiction Award given by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Among his honors are an Edgar nomination, a James D. Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation, an O. Henry Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His short stories and essays have appeared in American Literature, Carolina Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, The North American Review, The Oxford American, River Styx, The San Francisco Review of Books, New York Stories, The New York Times Magazine, Poets & Writers, and The Village Voice. For many years, David Carkeet taught linguistics and writing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also directed the MFA program there and edited its literary journal, Natural Bridge. He now lives in Vermont with his wife and two children.

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