Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I thought I’d show you the review of Parts Unknown that’s really sustained me for the past fourteen years.
Unlike the print review that made the rounds at the time (a stellar one that ran in the Denver Post and got picked up by five or six other big papers), this one came as a complete surprise. First, it’s the unsolicited opinion of three employees at Books Inc. in San Francisco. I had a hell of a time getting regional bookstores to carry PU, because the big chains and distributors had, in their corporate wisdom, decided not to stock it. That a few independents took a chance on it was a sweet consolation prize. Second, I wouldn’t have known this thing existed if it hadn’t been for a friend who wandered into the store and asked if he could have it to give to me. They cheerfully agreed, so to this day I’ve had it in my office as a reminder that someone out there objectively loved my book and thought I had the chops.
Every now and then, despite setbacks, it’s a good idea to review your victories.
In case you can’t read the text in the photo, it says:
Who the hell is Kevin Brennan, and how did he come up with such an amazingly good first novel? We think this is one of the great novels of Northern California. Powerful!
Ongoing thanks to Sheila, Bob Deloria, and Koyje.