Praise for Alan DeNiro's books:
"There aren't many writers who take weirdness as seriously as DeNiro does, and fewer still who can extract so much grounded emotion, gut-dropping humor, and rousing adventure from it. A dizzying display of often brilliant, always strange, and definitely unique storytelling"
--"Booklist" (starred review)
"A fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian picaresque, part Huck Finn and part bizarro-world Swiss Family Robinson."
"Macy's adventure is engaging and absorbing, but it doesn't make much sense. For those conditioned to the logic of classic science fiction, "Total Oblivion's" rule-breaking can be frustrating. But readers who are willing to let go will be swept away."
--"Los Angeles Times"
"DeNiro's novel moves the reader along at a lively and crazy pace, engaging interest in Macy and her fate while making subtle references to the sad past and giving frightening glimpses of a scarier future."
--"Minneapolis Star Tribune"
"Unsettling and never boring, 'Total Oblivion' should interest older teens who are hooked on vampires and other dark fantasies. They'll cheer for Macy, whose courage increases as she does dangerous things she never dreamed of when she was in her safe high school in St. Paul--before everything collapsed."
--"St. Paul Pioneer Press"
"Macy narrates this story in a delightful, lighthearted voice that stiffens only a little as she realizes that she will never have a senior year."
"Chock-a-block with adventure, suspense, and surprise. Apocalyptic family values, too! Recommended to all."
--Karen Joy Fowler ("The Jane Austen Book Club")
Alan DeNiro's excellent debut novel . . . is the very rare novel that satisfies on a multiple of levels."
"Wow! This is a wonderfully weird, fun, touching, heartfelt and memorable novel. Imagine if Huck Finn had been living in post-apocalypse America, and Terry Pratche
Alan DeNiro was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in English and the University of Virginia with an M.F.A. in creative writing. He is the author of the collection "Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead" (Frank O'Connor Short Story Longlist, Crawford Award finalist) and the novel "Total Oblivion, More or Less" ("Booklist's" Top Ten SF/F books). His short stories have appeared in "One Story, Asimov's, Santa Monica Review, Interfictions, " and have been shortlisted for the O. Henry Award. He lives outside of St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Kristin Livdahl, and their twins.
In these 11 stories--and the weird spaces in between--people of all kinds struggle to free themselves from conventions and constraints both personal and political. Places ranging from the farthest reaches of outer space to the creepy abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere become battlegrounds for change and growth--sometimes at a massive cost.
Tyranny takes many forms, some more subtle than others, and it is up to the reader to travel along with the characters, who improvise and create their own renditions of freedom.
Poet and fiction writer Alan DeNiro uses language like no other. His second collection of stories explores our relationship to art, history, and looks at how everyday events, personal and political, never cease to leave us off balance.
Alan DeNiro was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in English and the University of Virginia with an M.F.A. in creative writing. He is the author of the story collection "Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead" (Crawford Award finalist; Frank O'Connor Award longlist) and the novel "Total Oblivion: More or Less." His short stories have appeared in "One Story, Asimov's, Santa Monica Review, Interfictions, " and elsewhere. He lives outside of St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Kristin Livdahl and their children.