National Jewish Book Award finalist Jonathan Wilson’s uproariously funny stories showcase the neuroses of suburban men as they ruminate, self-medicate, and acclimate to the rhythms of middle age.
From the slacker husband who spends his day running household errands, chatting up the local soccer moms, and drinking most of the wine he was instructed to buy for his wife’s women’s-group meeting, to the man who calls an old girlfriend while waiting for the verdict from his cardiologist, to the good Jewish son who is torn between the caustic wit of his very Jewish mother and the fertility urges of his very not-Jewish girlfriend, each of these stories is touched by Wilson’s affection for male foibles. Taken together, they give us a nuanced picture of men in hot water–with women, their teenage kids, and their own consciences.
About the Author
Jonathan Wilson's fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, ARTnews, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Tablet, The Times Literary Supplement, Best Short Stories, The Best of Best Short Stories, The Paris Review Daily, and Best American Short Stories, among other publications. In 1994 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been translated into many languages including Dutch, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese. Wilson is the author of seven previous books: the novels "The Hiding Room" (Viking 1994), runner up for the JQ Wingate Prize, and "A Palestine Affair "(Pantheon 2003), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Barnes and Noble Discovery finalist and runner up for the 2004 National Jewish Book Award; two collections of short stories, "Schoom "(Penguin 1993) and "An Ambulance is on the Way" Stories of Men in Trouble (Pantheon 2004); two critical works on the fiction of Saul Bellow; and a biography, "Marc Chagall "(Nextbook/Schocken 2007), runner-up for the 2007 National Jewish Book Award." Kick and Run" is his eighth book and his first work of memoir. Wilson currently lives in Massachusetts, where he is Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University.
“Entertaining. . . . Taut and funny.” –The Boston Globe
“How does Jonathan Wilson do it? . . . The way Denis Johnson did it, the way Jayne Anne Phillips did it (but funnier), the way David Foster Wallace did it (but deeper).” –Los Angeles Times
“Tantalizing . . . his writing engages on every page with disarming intelligence and imagination.” –Elle
“Sublime. . . . It might be considered a companion volume to the movie Sideways.” –Seattle Weekly