Buy it! Gary Gray: a young black man struggling with his appetites--for friendship and love, for religious experience, for corndogs, for illicit gay sex in Waffle House bathrooms, for acceptance. He tries everything to change himself: exorcism, marriage, escape, reparative therapy, avant-garde silent theater, and many other things. He just wants you to like him. He just wants to be normal.
"A tender, funny tour of a mind struggling to do the right thing. A revelatory and sympathetic guide to a misunderstood world." --Steve Martin, author of Shopgirl and Born Standing Up
"A groundbreaking new American voice...topical and ambitious, disturbing and hilarious." --Jennifer Egan, author of Look at Me and The Keep
"This novel is an absolute original." --Martha Southgate, author of The Fall of Rome and Third Girl From the Left
"A truly daring first novel." --Jim Lewis, author of Why the Tree Loves the Ax and The King is Dead Press
Hipster Book Club "...[A] fantastic first novel." "James Hannaham will be
an exciting author to follow."
Pop Damage "Gary Gray is a wholly American character unlike many we meet in
literary fiction, written in a clear, contemporary style that has a
good chuckle at our taboos. God Says No takes our cultural
anxiety about homosexuality and spins it into prose that breathes,
capturing a human moment with all the sadness and humor that it
deserves." --Alicia Kennedy
James Hannaham would prefer that you not cut and paste this bio if you ever have to introduce him at a reading or a panel because it is pretty irreverent. It's also kind of lazy of you to do that, though I know your life is busy and it would be easier to just half-ass it. Anyway, James Hannaham has (so far) published a pair of novels, most recently Delicious Foods, which was a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book for 2015, and God Says No, which was a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Book Award finalist. If you must cut and paste (perhaps the reading is about to start and you still have no idea who he is), start with the previous sentence and cut the "Anyway," and the "so far" as well as this sentence, of course. That much should satisfy anyone in the "Who is this dude anyway?" camp. His short fiction has appeared in One Story, Fence, and The Literary Review, Story Quarterly, and BOMB. He also published a short prose piece in Gigantic, for which he won a 2016 Pushcart Prize. But he has also written journalism and criticism for, among other places, The Village Voice, Spin, Us, Out, Details, The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, Slate, and Salon, where he was on staff during 2008. Did you dig that serial comma? As if that wasn't enough, he has also exhibited a reasonable amount of "word art," as a certain friend calls it, at The James Cohan Gallery, 490 Atlantic Gallery, Kimberley-Klark, Rosalux Gallery, and The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. You will probably have cut that last bit out if you're introducing him at a reading, because it's sort of confusing for someone to be a novelist and a journalist and then suddenly seem to swerve into visual art , but it does make a certain kind of sense in the larger scheme of things (sorry about all the "s" in this sentence).
If you have something to say to him, say it to his face.
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