reviews

“Chicago’s Triple Threat”

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

This weekend’s Books & Media section of the Chicago Tribune reviews The Slide alongside new books by Jesse Ball and Patrick Somerville, two men I know and admire. The ender paragraph is a doozy…

Beachy writes with quiet force about innocence and corruption, about how even something as transparent as water can be a source of deception. In sizzling dialogue, madcap action and striking soliloquies, Beachy grapples with the toxicity of ambivalence and the complexities of inheritance, grief and the failure to communicate as his brooding young hero begins to discern what it means to be a man.

Refreshing Sincerity Sans Shoes

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Kind of late on this one, but February’s Chicago Magazine (with Michelle Obama, aka Mrs. Hope, on the cover) featured this nice little article by Joe Meno. And I’m honored to be grouped with Nami Mun and Frances De Pontes Peebles, two very talented novelists. I’m also not wearing any damn shoes in the photo. So.

Bittersweet Peach

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette offers their review, if only to subscribers:

The Slide is the funny, haunting and tense coming-of-age story of Potter Mays…and it is quite a stunner. Sort of like a less loquacious David Foster Wallace, or a less self-conscious Brett Easton Ellis…Beachy is an astute, empathic observer. [He] has filled The Slide with wry observations and moments of great tension.

The Mail, Out of Tune

Monday, February 9th, 2009

When the next issue of my my dear old college’s thrice-annual and very pretty magazine arrives, it will feature this article about me, and my book, and how we both relate to dear old Pomona College. No telling where the magazine will arrive. Sometimes my mailperson leaves it peacefully in our building lobby’s obvious OVERSIZE MAIL spot. Other times he/she stuffs it violently into my mail slot, tearing the cover and creating a small pain the the ass but also, I suppose, proving some kind of point.

And I’ve been alerted to yesterday’s Boston Globe calling The Slide “an unusually good, and unusual, coming-of-age story.”