Sunday, February 28, 2010
After The Workshop, by John McNally
Fantastic, funny and wonderful novel. Jack Sheahan attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop, had a story published in The New Yorker, anthologized in Best American Short Stories- and then nothing, for years. Now he works as a media escort for author tours, airport-fetching visiting writers (achingly perfect New York hipsters, emotionally unstable trauma-memoir types, etc) and over the course of a few blizzardy days, his life spins out of control and towards redemption. I really loved this book and don't think I'm doing it justice here- I laughed, loudly, alone, I read it in one delicious sitting, I ate it up and can't wait to read more from John McNally.