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.

Denver Post

[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.

3 comments on “Reviews

  1. TamrahJo
    September 23, 2019

    Hmmm… see? connections – – if memory serves, my first true writing mentor, who gave me ‘publishing credit’ just because I helped do layout, found some CC licensed photos for a durn company ‘investor’ book she was putting together – and wrote a short spiel to ‘flesh out – “why what we do is important’ section – (um, yeah – I was in admin assistant/tech assistant mode at time – not ‘helping to write something’ mode – told me of her early career, “I worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and lived in Haight Ashbury during the summer of love – I think I was the only one there that had a full time job….” – – 😀

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 24, 2019

      And I lived on Ashbury 25 years after the summer of love … It’s a small world, ain’t it?

      • TamrahJo
        September 24, 2019

        Yup – If I time it right, might see her at the post office today – can’t wait to tell her about ‘this’ and give her the link to your site(s) when I see her – she’s had ‘computer’ challenges for some months and I have been told okay to start sending shares via email again, just yet – 🙂 Who wants to wade through the fix, and the preservation and the new set-up and then also, try to work through 1,694 emails, too? LOL

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