My Brooklyn Writer Friend

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Coming in September 2015 from Queens Ferry Press – Goodreads – Amazon

Gloriously meta, My Brooklyn Writer Friend ventures inside the many minds of the writer. Laying bare the struggle with beginnings, the trouble with endings, and every hard-earned narrative step in between, Greg Gerke appreciates that whether writing into truth or lie, what matters is character. Neurotic and funny, earnest and obscure, the voices that echo in these short short stories resound with a clarion honesty that remains—and provokes and teases and endears—long after the final page is turned.

Brooklyn Rail Review

“Greg Gerke is a short form wizard; dark, funny and seriously sly. His book will deliver you to new strange thought and feeling.”

-Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask

“In this remarkable series of ruefully funny and insightful bursts, Greg Gerke manages to reorder the mundanity of alienation into something urgent and vital.”

-Sergio De La Pava, author of A Naked Singularity

“If you put Lydia Davis, Etgar Keret and Philip Roth’s Portnoy in a blender you might  get Greg Gerke’s quirkily neurotic, hilariously honest voice in “My Brooklyn Writer Friend.” All the writing about writing probably won’t play in Peoria, but  luckily he lives in Brooklyn,  believes in truth in advertising  and his very short stories are weird and wildly engaging. “
– Susan Shapiro, author of Lighting Up and What’s Never Said

 

“How is it that Greg Gerke’s short fiction collection makes dislocation, miscommunication, and the anxious knots of the mind seem absolutely worthwhile and even kind of fun? Friends, sort-of-friends, lovers and sort-of-lovers tangle with the loneliness of being apart/together. Get prepared for a writer who wonderfully navigates bumbling, ordinary life with smart, sharp writing and a big dose of compassion.”

– Victoria Redel, author of Make Me Do Things

“These swift, swervy, nervous fictions–as often as not about writers in antic crisis with the language, lovers in trouble with their loves–are heartachingly hilarious and stocked from margin to margin with agony-born brilliances fresh and revitalizing. Greg Gerke’s endearingly self-questioning narrators worry their doubts into a make-do grace that leaves a reader sweetened too.

– Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way

“A Duchampian travelogue about the nature of how we read and construct the stories, MY BROOKLYN WRITER FRIEND, is as compelling as entertaining.  The six interlocking sections present comedic aspects of the American landscape we take for granted, and at the same time challenge our received ideas about the places we visit. As quickly as the writers in the book build the scaffolding of their ideas, others endeavor to shift the architecture.  The result is a series of brilliant roller coaster rides that demand to be revisited many times over. “

– Susan Daitch, author of Paper Conspiracies

“Greg Gerke writes like an anthropologist of love, or like a
Brooklyn-based Sigmund Freud, walking down a mobius boulevard, finding the truth as it flowers in the cracks of the sidewalk. Honest, deadpan, personal and smart, these stories conspire, like a dream, to create a world both uncanny and familiar, delirious and quotidian, funny and sad and completely mesmerizing.”

– John Haskell, author of I am Not Jackson Pollock and American Purgatorio

Two fictions from the book, “High on the Thigh” and “Three Rich Women” are on-line at The Collagist

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