I’m happy to announce that my novel Necessary Errors is a finalist in gay general fiction for the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards. I appreciate the honor.
At the website Bookish, the novelist Charles Finch has listed Necessary Errors in a round-up of “Great Expatriate Stories.”
On the brand-new literary blog Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau, there’s an in-depth review of the novel that calls it “delicate and slippery.”
I’m also happy to announce that 66th and 2nd will be publishing an Italian translation of the novel, currently scheduled for 2015.
Geoff Mak has written a very generous and thoughtful review of Necessary Errors for the Los Angeles Review of Books, comparing the novel to Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers and trying to place it in recent literary history and make sense of its reception. Also, he exposes a literary forgery of mine.
With an apt quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald (“I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again”), Buzzfeed has put Necessary Errors on its list of “17 Books We Loved in 2013.” Meanwhile, and rather sportingly given that it’s published by a rival, the editors at Farrar Straus Giroux have listed the novel as one of the best books of the year.
UPDATE, Dec. 20: Edward Nawotka of Publishing Perspectives has listed the book as a “sleeper favorite.”
Necessary Errors is one of ten books on the Wall Street Journal‘s “Best Fiction of 2013″ list. At the blog I’ve Been Reading Lately, Levi Stahl puts it among his favorite fiction of the year. Literary agent William Callahan has also cited it, writing that he “was most moved by the depiction of what dating was like when people relied on landlines. Eek!”
A rather more qualified appreciation of the novel came from The Affenlights and Their Boyfriends, a Chad Harbach fanblog, whose author wrote that “I enjoyed it a lot, right up till the point I wanted to punch the protagonist in the face.”
UPDATE, Dec. 17: Necessary Errors is also on the personal best-of-2013 list of Anthony Domestico, books columnist for the magazine Commonweal, who calls it “the most intelligent and lyrical novel of the year.” My thanks to all!
The Millions asked me to give some highlights from my “Year in Reading.”
And in other news, I am on the long list of contestants being considered by the Morning News for a literary cage-fighting battle royale.
A photograph from 1990 or 1991 of Adrian de Vries’s sculpture Zápasníci (“The Wrestlers”), in the Wallenstein Gardens, Prague.
PS: This is the last of the extra illustrations!
Happy to report that Necessary Errors has shown up on a few year-end round-ups. At Flavorwire, Jason Diamond has named it one of the ten best debut novels of the year. David Haglund at Slate has picked it as his favorite book of 2013. The Kansas City Star included it in a list of the top 100 books of the year. At the blog Band of Thebes, Michael Alenyikov and Stephen McCauley both cited it as one of the best LGBT books they read this year. Maris Kreizman of Slaughterhouse 90210 called it the “MOST IMMERSIVE” of her favorites. And at Policy Mic, Gracie Jin has listed it among the twenty best books for various kinds of twenty-something-year-olds. My thanks to all of these people!