David Winner

 

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“A brash literary thriller that plunges deep into the mind of a criminal and his creator” Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will be captivated by this complex and absorbing book.”  Necessary Fiction

 

David Winner’s Kirkus-recommended second novel, Tyler’s Last, released by Outpost 19 on October 1, 2015 has received advance praise from Ann Beattie who called it, “original and fascinating.” Zachary Lazar described it as aa comic and dazzling movie-in-words. “ John Casey called it a “double pleasure.”  Elizabeth McKenzie said it “casts a narcotic spell, leaving one savaged as well as tremendously impressed.” Elizabeth Evans wrote the following: “With the magical plot of Tyler’s Last, Winner proves himself a son of Nabokov. An aging, maniacal author’s struggles to finish her final “Tyler” book are divinely echoed and, ultimately, wildly entwined with the actions of her even madder creation. Just finished this tour de force, and I’m ready to read it again!”

 

His first novel, The Cannibal of Guadalajara, won the 2009 Gival Press Novel Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. It received advanced praise from John Casey, National Book Award-winning author of Spartina, who called it a “terrific novel…sharp, sympathetic and painfully funny,” and Shirley Hazzard, National Book Award winner for The Great Fire, who said that he has “a clear bright eye and as fine an ear for what is poignant as for what is absurd. I look for more of his profane comic sense.”  Joy Williams, Pulitzer Finalist and winner of the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts, called it “a devilishly delicious and disorienting novel. Food, sex, ghastly travel experiences, tantrums, Cannibal has it all, along with one of the most peculiar versions of the family triad in literary years.”  The Brooklyn Rail called it, “a powerful tale … a wry criticism of American culture,” and Literal Latte said it is a “well-written book full of delightful surprises… that truly rare thing — a comedy with heart.”

 

“My Lover’s Moods,” a short film based on a story of Winner’s, played at Cannes in 2007.  “A Traveler’s Tale,” another story, was awarded first prize in The Ledge magazine’s 2003 Fiction Contest, and was nominated for a Pushcart. “The Rites of Pozzalo,” published in the 2000 issue of Fiction, was also nominated for a Pushcart.   Other fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Village Voice,  The Iowa Review (upcoming), “The Kenyon Review” (upcoming),  Chicago Quarterly Review (upcoming),  Bookforum, Confrontation, Phantasmagoria, Berkeley Fiction Review, and several other American journals as well as Dream CatcherBuzzwords and Staple in the UK.  “The Pied Piper of the Jews,” published in the Stickmanreview.com, has been included in Novel Strategies, an anthology of readings for beginning college students.  He received a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of Arizona, where his story “The Death of Husbands” was nominated for the Associated Writing Program’s Intro Award.

 

He is the fiction editor of The American, a web magazine based in Rome.   www.theamericanmag.com

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Tyler’s Last

 
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Advance praise for Tyler’s Last by David Winner

from John Casey:

“David Winner’s new novel is a double pleasure — for one, there is an engrossing thriller with an alternately hapless and capable scoundrel, flight and fight, twists and turns. . . The second pleasure is that that thriller is in the process of being written by an aging woman author who is transforming her own pursuits and betrayals in her fiction. This meta-move is clever, but it turns out to be much more than clever. She is, for all her high-handed treatment of her entourage, a memorably sympathetic and moving character. The two fictions reinforce each other resonantly. Bravo!”
from Ann Beattie:

“It’s hard to describe David Winner’s fascinating and original book. On one level it’s satirical, but as with any kind of comedy, its performance depends on our understanding the riff being done on very serious matters. Also, as the author knows, the serious and the satirical are by now often synonymous in people’s minds, our society has become so absurd. I kept thinking of Hitchcock, and the way he made his audience voyeurs. David Winner’s method is similar, though there’s more than a whiff of Tarantino in the Hitchcock homage, as well. It’s riveting and funny, a sort of dazzling movie script that is a novel that involves another book within it. . . It comes at you cinematically, but with the advantage of a novel that alludes to literary models, as well. Its language is hipster shorthand for readers to absorb as they become spectators to the extravaganza, as the book, itself, expands into its political implications. Tyler is certainly the last person I would ever want to sit next to on an airplane.”

from Elizabeth McKenzie:

“Fans of Patricia Highsmith will be enthralled by David Winner’s perverse homage to the author and her milieu. This novel casts a narcotic spell, leaving one savaged as well as tremendously impressed.”
from Elizabeth Evans:

“With the magical plot of Tyler’s Last, Winner proves himself a son of Nabokov. An aging, maniacal author’s struggles to finish her final “Tyler” book are divinely echoed and, ultimately, wildly entwined with the actions of her even madder creation. Just finished this tour de force, and I’m ready to read it again!”
from Zachary Lazar:

“Tyler’s Last is both parody and homage, aimed not only at the Ripley novels of Patricia Highsmith but at their lost mid-century glamour. A comic and dazzling movie-in-words, Winner’s book shuttles us around the globe–Italy, France, The Netherlands, Senegal–in a gratifying game of illusion and counter-illusion, color and intrigue, all rendered with Nabokovian venom and glee.”

 

Released October, 2015 by Outpost 19

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Publications

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Tyler’s Last by David Winner

 

Novels:

Tyler’s Last. Outpost 19, 2015.

The Cannibal of Guadalajara. Gival Press, 2010 .

Essays:

“Aunt Dorle’s Master Lovers”  upcoming in Kenyon Review

“Vous detestez les Arabes?” upcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review

“All of Me.” Bookforum, 2011.

“The Boys on the Side.” Village Voice, 2005.

Prose Poems:

Untitled Prose Poem.  Liner Notes of Scratch that Itch, David Byrne Luaka Bop Compilation for Warner Brother’s, 1992.

Anthologies:

“The Pied Piper of the Jews,” originally in Stickmanreview.com, in Novel Strategies, a Prentice Hall Pearson anthology of readings for college students, 2111.

Short Stories:

“Breed” upcoming in The Iowa Review

“Crime Wave at Goose Rocks Beach”  upcoming from Make on-line

“Leonora.” Joyland 2012

“Radio Lima.” KGB Bar Magazine 2011.

“Beat: a Morality Tale.” KGB Bar Magazine, 2009.

“Wrong Town.”  Dream Catcher (UK), 2008.

“Poor Tom’s Tale.” Cortland Review, 2008.

“Performance.” Stickman Review, 2008.

“Foot: A Tale of the Irrational Mind.”  Berkeley Fiction Review, 2007.

“Uncle Giorgio’s Magic Blow Job.”  Staple (UK), 2006.

“The Pang of Queer.”  Confrontation, 2004.

“A Traveler’s Tale” , reprinted in Buzzwords (UK), 2004.

“The Mysteries of Edgar.”  Phantasmagoria, 2004.

“A Traveler’s Tale.”  The Ledge, 2003.

“Ling Ling Lang.”  Thought Magazine, 2003.

“Cousin Love.”  Thought Magazine, 2003.

“My Lover’s Moods.” Storyglossia, 2003.

“The Pied Piper of the Jews.” Stickman Review, 2002.

“The Rites of Pozzalo.”  Fiction, 2000.

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Awards

2010 National Book Award Nomination

2010 Finalist: National Best Books Award for Fiction: Multicultural Fiction

2009 Gival Press Novel Award

2003 Ledge Magazine Short Story Award

2003 Pushcart Nomination

2002 Pushcart Nomination

1991 Associated Writing Program Intro Nomination

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Upcoming

New fiction and non-fiction coming out in:

The Kenyon Review

Make Magazine (online)

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Cannibal

A powerful tale … a wry criticism of American culture.” Brooklyn Rail
“Well-written book full of delightful surprises… that truly rare thing — a comedy with heart.” Literal Latte

“A devilishly delicious and disorienting novel. Food, sex, ghastly travel experiences, tantrums, Cannibal has it all, along with one of the most peculiar versions of the family triad in literary years.” Joy Williams, Pulitzer Finalist and winner of the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts.

“Discoveries of individual existence in a great city illuminated by a keen observer and the women who cross, or linger on, his path.  David Winner has a clear bright eye and as fine an ear for what is poignant as for what is absurd.  I look for more of his profane comic sense.” Shirley Hazzard, National Book Award author of The Transit of Venus and The Great Fire.

“David Winner’s Cannibal of Guadalajara is a terrific novel.  It is high comedy – both sharp and sympathetic in its precise description of attitudes and manners– and painfully funny in its well-timed outbursts. And yet another aspect I admire — the range of age of the characters.  Winner can do smart (though occasionally foolish) middle-aged female, difficult young guy, even more difficult old guy as well as a host of minor characters from scampering children to a crusted octogenarian.” John Casey, National Book Award author of Spartina.

“Is it about ruptured families and their reframing? About Latin and North America commingling by way of Manhattan and Mexico, in a mess of nightmare and dream? Or have we a fine and bumpy ride, comic and yet catch-in-the-throat, through the surprises of sex and romance in a hitherto undemonstrative woman now nearing 60? The answer, as you’d expect in a thwacking sweetheart of a novel, is all the above. Small wonder that its turning points generally arrive, with a satisfying bang!, during expansive and complicated meals. Small wonder that expectations about who will wind up with whom, and why, get delightfully upended. For all the control with which it’s written—always at distance enough for a smile, but never enough for a smirk—The Cannibal of Guadalajara proves anything but a finicky eater.”  John Domini, author of The Tomb on the Periphery and judge of the 2009 Gival contest.

Coming soon from  Gival Press

Literal Latte
Brooklyn Rail

Forward Magazine
The Cannibal of Guadalajara
David Winner
Gival Press
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Families come in all shapes and sizes; sometimes they sneak up on us fully formed. This is what happens to Margaret Heller after her divorce. Just as she’s settling into the rather lonely routine of a single person, she finds herself the center of an unorthodox version of a family.

As a lover, Dante Herreras isn’t such a great catch. His bevy of emotional problems make spending time with him an exercise in tension, and his style of coupling can be a turnoff. Inevitably, the attraction between Margaret and the younger Dante fizzles. But Dante and his welcoming family refuse to be abandoned. An excursion to Guadalajara for the birthday party of Dante’s uncle and childhood tormentor cements the new ties between Margaret, her ex-husband, and Dante, and they find themselves settling into the roles of parents and child, roles they had no idea they needed.
Winner, who won the Gival Press Novel Award, writes with great cunning and precision. A few of the scenarios his characters find themselves in—face down in a resplendent episode of masturbation among jungle plants, drinking martinis in the kitchen of old friends while a lover smashes antiques upstairs—border on ridiculous, but with grace, humor, and a steady hand, Winner transforms embarrassing moments into the briefest of epiphanies. Margaret, Dante and Alfred are as human as they possibly can be.

Andi Diehn

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Reviews of Tyler’s Last

Tyler’s Last – Kirkus Review

Tyler’s Last – Necessary Fiction

Giving Highsmith Her Due — and Her Dirt: Tyler’s Last by David Winner – Electric Literature

Tyler’s Last – The Nervous Breakdown’s Review Microbrew, Volume 1  (Direct link to review via citebite)

Tyler’s Last – KGB Bar Lit

Tyler’s Last – Portland Book Review

Ripley, Reprised – bookscover2cover

‘Tyler’s Last’ by David Winner: A Round-the-World Paean to Patricia Highsmith – Flung Magazine

https://changesevenmag.com/2016/05/10/tylers-last-by-david-winner/

Tyler’s Last – The American Magazine

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