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Stewart O'Nan

USA flag (b.1961)

Stewart ONans award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone. His most recent novel, The Odds, was hailed by The Boston Globe as a gorgeous fable, a stunning meditation and a hope-filled Valentine.

Granta named him one of Americas Best Young Novelists. He was born and raised and lives in Pittsburgh. 

Genres: Literary Fiction, Horror
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Stewart O'Nan recommends
Hidden (2004)
Paul Jaskunas
"'All a lie needs is telling,' Paul Jaskunas writes, and his thoughtful narrator, Maggie Wilson, is living proof. She peels away the layers surrounding her own near-murder and resurrection so calmly it gives you chills. Hidden is a shifty, low-key thriller, half Spellbound, half Daphne du Maurier."
Dizzy City (2007)
Nicholas Griffin
"From the trenches of the Great War to Tin Pan Alley and the Great White Way... this is the best sort of historical drama."
The Rowing Lesson (2007)
Anne Landsman
"Like Joyce or William Gass or John Edgar Wideman, Anne Landsman fashions a sensual web of memory and desire, rescuing a world at the brink of extinction through the power of her lyricism."
Keeper and Kid (2008)
Edward Hardy
"A fine, fetching novel with a good heart. Keeper is nimble and affecting, a tribute to the author's endless comic inventiveness."
Right of Thirst (2009)
Frank Huyler
"Brilliant, start to finish. The voice is an achievement, and the world of emotion Huyler delivers. It's clear and deep and wise, and very few contemporary novels can make that claim."
Extra Indians (2010)
Eric Gansworth
"Rollicking and tenderhearted."
The Painted Darkness (2010)
Brian James Freeman
"The tone and building dread reminds me of classic Stephen King. Great velocity and impact, and super creepy. Don't go in the basement!"
No Space for Further Burials (2010)
Feryal Ali Gauhar
"In writing through the eyes of an American captive in Afghanistan, Feryal Ali Gauhar has fashioned a fascinating two-way mirror in which we see the author creating an Other confronting Otherness. As in Richard Powers' hostage novel Ploughing in the Dark, the mask of character reveals as much as it conceals."
Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (2011)
Ben Loory
"Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is that rare find--a book that excites the reader. These tales are hilarious and vertiginous in the calmly absurd manner of Lydia Davis, Jack Handey and Etgar Keret. With his first book, Ben Loory proves he's already a master of the sleight of hand."
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (2012)
Jonathan Evison
"Sly and surprising... both a goofy road trip and a mission of atonement."
Tomorrow and Tomorrow (2014)
Tom Sweterlitsch
"Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a rich, absorbing, relentlessly inventive mindfuck ... a wild mashup of Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick and William S. Burroughs, and, like their work, utterly visionary."
Haven (2017)
Tom Deady
"A big, generous, Stephen King-like small town boys vs. monster epic."
The Talented Ribkins (2017)
Ladee Hubbard
"The Talented Ribkins is a quest, a treasure hunt, an unearthing of the hopeful and terrible past in service of the future. Wry, with a deft sense of metaphor, Ladee Hubbard delivers a familiar yet uncharted America in which her characters need their superpowers just to survive."
Where the Dead Sit Talking (2018)
Brandon Hobson
"Weird and intimate, like Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen, Where the Dead Sit Talking takes us to a strange, dangerous place normally kept hidden. From the opening hook, with the unhurried authority of a master, Brandon Hobson initiates the reader into the secret lives of lost and unwanted teenagers trying to survive in an uncaring world. Creepy, sad, yet queerly thrilling."
Country Dark (2018)
Chris Offutt
"Like the late, great Larry Brown and the late, great William Gay, Chris Offutt delivers a hardscrabble, mythic South with a laconic voice that turns sly to describe the follies of Man...Country Dark is a smart, rich country noir."
How to Be Safe (2018)
Tom McAllister
"Vicious, hilarious, shocking and sad, How to Be Safe is biting political satire that levels its targets, soft and hard. Tom McAllister's vision of a violent, pious, hysterical America is worthy of Denis Johnson, Margaret Atwood and, yes, Mark Twain."
Fury From the Tomb (2018)
(Institute for Singular Antiquities, book 1)
SA Sidor
"Steven Sidor keeps the pacing piano-wire taut and selects his words with a vivisectionist’s diabolical care."
The Cabin at the End of the World (2018)
Paul Tremblay
"Think The Desperate Hours meets 10 Cloverfield Lane, but way, way stranger. With The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay gives us a gloriously claustrophobic and gory tale of faith and paranoia. Signs and wonders and homemade battle-axes, oh my!"
The Girl From Blind River (2018)
Gale Massey
"Smart, sharp and fast, Gale Massey's thriller ratchets up the action, making the reader lean forward till the turn of her last card."
Afterlife (2020)
Julia Alvarez
"From the very beginning, Julia Alvarez has proven herself a wise and funny writer with a sharp eye and ear for the joys and obligations of love and family. Now, in Afterlife, she applies her gifts to last things, as her Antonia struggles to move beyond the consolations of poetry and embrace the buzzing, blooming confusion of the world again."
The Engineer's Wife (2020)
Tracey Enerson Wood
"Who really built the Brooklyn Bridge? With its spunky, tough-minded heroine and vivid New York setting, The Engineer's Wife is a triumphant historical novel sure to please readers of the genre. Like Paula McLain, Tracey Enerson Wood spins a colorful and romantic tale of a storied era."
The Heebie-Jeebie Girl (2020)
Susan Petrone
"The simple, desperate act that opens The Heebie-Jeebie Girl quickly turns complicated and dangerous. Susan Petrone has penned an open-hearted love letter to a still-proud city whose mills and bars used to operate around the clock, where jobs are scarce and people dream of hitting the lottery. A novel of magic and miracles, contrition and forgiveness, it's fitting that its hero, who can pick lucky numbers out of thin air, is named Hope. As Youngstown itself says: 'Some cities will chew you up and spit you out. Not me.'"
A Ritchie Boy (2020)
Linda Kass
"From Vienna during the Anschluss to booming post-war Columbus, Linda Kass has done her homework. Half historical novel, half family saga, A Ritchie Boy will charm readers who loved All the Light We Cannot See."

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