“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 a “a 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 Catcher, Buzzwords 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