Huge “Thank You” to Arcadia University’s MFA program for inviting me to discuss the compiling of story collections, publishing, and The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic. Great group of seven very promising writers, and a great director in Josh Isard! Thank you AU!
Scandamerican Domestic launches at NYC’s McNally Jackson on Thursday, January 9th at 7:00pm: “McNally Jackson Books | 1/9/14”
“The Rise & Fall of the ScandAmerican Domestic (Coffee House Press) is both chilling and funny, and oft-uncomfortable for people familiar with the settings. Merkner is really good at melding his observations with his imaginations into something hugely entertaining.” —Detroit’s MetroTimes Here’s the full blog: What is THAT? Oddities from the MT Mailbox
Chicago Tribune Books is sending my story, “We Have Them to Raise Us,” which is in Scandamerican Domestic, with the December 15th issue of their Printer’s Row Journal!
“Merkner has a deeply weird sensibility, and it makes his short fiction a pleasure to read. In The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic, Merkner crafts creative tales that heighten the Midwestern experience into something unique. The stories range from darkly comic to genuinely sad, to more than a bit unsettling. But all share […]
“Very literary, highly experimental.” —Kirkus
“Merkner’s narratives pulsate with confidence, mixing the weird (a five-year-old the size of a 15-year-old, a couple that paints an entire house one color) with moments of earnestness, and the result is a memorable book.” —Publishers Weekly
“Donald Barthelme and Tove Jansson did not have a child, as far as any of us know, but if they did, then that child would have been Christopher Merkner, and Christopher Merkner has written a book worthy of his genius would-be parents. The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic is wild, it is wonderful, it is […]
“With hilarious, biting prose, Merkner establishes himself as a masterful new voice of modern satire. These brilliant stories lay bear our greatest follies with a precision that leaves the reader humbled and breathless: here we have a must-read indictment of moral defect that could not be more saturated with importance and entertainment.” —Alissa Nutting
“Christopher Merkner is the happiest, most disturbed—certainly the most happily disturbed—writer I know.” — Padgett Powell