Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
San Francisco Chronicle
A literary storyteller with enormous versatility – poetic and starkly realistic, able to drift among various voices and various moments seamlessly. Add Parts Unknown to the oeuvre of California stories that should transcend the state’s borders.
[Parts Unknown] roasts the old chestnut that male writers cannot convincingly tell stories from female perspectives. Brennan does it with grace, wit, and beauty.
Brennan intricately interweaves several interrelated stories into a lyrical testament to life, love, and redemption. A powerful debut novel from an exciting new talent.
First novels can encounter notable hurdles, but Brennan clears his with an unsentimental view of that old universal affliction, the human condition. As a story of gentle revenge and the charity of lies, it traces an original path through the many contemporary novels that focus on dire psychological twists and violent paybacks.
A tale that succeeds so well across all strata of criteria that the reader is both comforted and haunted by it long after the final words of it are read… One is reminded of some of the best work of John Steinbeck.
An altogether worthy and serious effort to show the true natures inside all people, Parts Unknown will force you to consider the unknown in your own memories.