I can now say I’m on Literary Hub! Baby writer Nick would be losing his mind rn. ICYMI, here’s my spooky post-collapse piece that first appeared in Maudlin House, “The Things We’ll Remember.” And if you like this, I’m working on an entire novel-in-flash w/ similar vibes. Stay tuned!
Somehow just noticed I made it to the Wigleaf longlist, so I guess this pizza I’m having will now be celebratory pizza! It’s long been a dream of mine to have a piece recognized by them. Wow. Huge thanks to Mallory Smart and Maudlin House for homing this! 😱
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.
Growing up, I never thought I’d see my name on a book cover, let alone one with a back cover blurb like this. Thank you so much, Gauraa Shekhar, Maudlin House, Atmosphere Press, Nick Courtright, and all of you who support my work. This is a literal dream come true.
I had the great honor of speaking with Gauraa Shekhar about Here’s Waldo, growing up poor, trauma & recovery, writing & home. Thank you so much, Gauraa, for the wonderful interview, and thanks, Maudlin House, for sharing my story of a poor kid from DP. This is a dream for me.