Praise for Rick DeMarinis:
“DeMarinis is a contemporary avatar of that tradition in American short story writing that, by way of Hawthorne, Melville, Faulkner, O‘Connor, Welty, and Cheever, is essentially religious and, because rooted in everyday, comic. . . . His art, then is comedy of a very high order.”—Russell Banks, The New York Times Book Review
“However similar the existential suffering of his characters, DeMarinis expertly probes the contours of their condition. You simply can’t move your eyes from the page.” —Mark Smirnoff, The New York Times Book Review
“Rick DeMarinis has long been one of my favorite writers; wherever he has cast his gaze, he has taught me something new about the way to see things.”—Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Gus Reppo’s parents won’t leave him alone, following him to the air force base where he enlists to escape them. Gus still learns a thing or two about girls, crime, and punishment, though shades of mama are never far behind.
Rick DeMarinis is the author of eight novels, including The Year of the Zinc Penny, a New York Times Notable Book, and six short story collections. In 1990, he received an Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.