Waldo is 1 today! Thank you so much for reading my story about a nerdy kid who came from the torn up part of town. Think I might make a pilgrimage there today to celebrate. 😊 And if you haven’t read this yet but want to, you can get it from your favorite indie bookstore here!
Check out the debut coming-of-age novel that Gauraa Shekhar of Maudlin House says “occupies an important space in the psyche of American fiction,” with prose author Zach MacDonald calls “eye-opening and powerful” and says “showed the mind of a true humanist at work.”
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Spanning the late 90s to the 2010s, HERE’S WALDO is a sprawling, tragicomic novel that tracks the story of Waldo Collins, a nerdy kid born in a torn-up town in the shadow of Chicago–unincorporated Des Plaines, IL. It’s a story about what it was like to come of age as the new millennium dawned with all its irrevocable changes. A story about the family bonds we’re born with and those we create along the way, and about using humor to find light in the dark. About generational trauma and the continuation (or completion) of cycles of violence. It’s here we follow Waldo from age eight to twenty-four as he figures out his place in the world, leaves his hometown to become a writer, and ultimately comes back to face everything (and everyone) he left behind. Here’s a story of loss, love, grief, guilt, and a search for meaning. Here’s Waldo.
Here’s my obligatory author-signing-copies video. Had to do it. 😂 The song is “Yes I’m Changing” by Tame Impala, which was basically my theme song for the book while writing it. And yes, my cats do make a special appearance here. 😸
This just made my day. You can get a personalized/autographed copy too by reaching out to me here!
My coming-of-age novel Here’s Waldo is now available for pre-order, and it’ll release October 1, 2020–1 month after my birthday! I put everything I had into this book, so to say I’m excited is a severe understatement. So thrilled to share this with you! You can pre-order my book here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Interior formatting is done, and they’re now going to mail me a physical proof copy of the book for final approval! Here’s the title page and thanks/dedication page, which is appropriate, because I’m feeling incredibly thankful right now. I’m going to hold this book in my hands soon! Huge thanks to all of you who have kept up with this project over the years and shown your support. You’re all awesome!
I got to see the first draft of the cover for Here’s Waldo! There will just be a few more tweaks, minor edits, but it’s like 95% there, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I’ll post the final cover once it’s done and I’m allowed to share!