Archive for October, 2008


Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

“The theme is American Home, that place that lesser writers sentimentalize and satirize. Beachy writes with bracing melancholy in a voice that is all his own, and his St. Louis, like Cheever’s Westchester, is populated with isolated, self-aware characters, each of whom is new to us. Potter Mays is great company.”
–Jincy Willett, author of The Writing Class and Jenny and the Jaws of Life

“Suspenseful, erotic, funny, and terribly sad, THE SLIDE presents the long, hot 22nd summer of Potter Mays, the most ethical sexual deviant this side of Portnoy–or Hamlet.”
– James McManus, New York Times bestselling author of Positively Fifth Street

“With THE SLIDE Kyle Beachy turns the coming-of-age story on its ear. But THE SLIDE is about a lot more than a young man’s increasingly frantic efforts to figure himself out. There’s the decay of both the American city and the American nuclear family, the painful inevitability of friends and lovers growing apart, and the ongoing difficulty of denying one’s base appetites. Plus baseball. Lots of baseball. What’s most impressive, though, is that Beachy has emerged in his debut as a fully-formed stylist. His writing is propulsive, unique without being forced, and eminently readable.”
– Ron Currie Jr., author of God is Dead

“Kyle Beachy has written a knockout first novel. Part love letter to the  American Midwest, part ghost story, and part heartbreaking tale of one young man’s struggle to find forgiveness as well as himself, this is a book that you won’t want to miss.”
– Cristina Henriquez, author of Come Together, Fall Apart