Named by Buzzfeed Books as one of the "22 Most Exciting Literary Debuts of 2014," The Dunning Manfeatures anti-heroes who reject society's rules. Characters from all walks of lifea philosophizing hip-hop star, a college girl trying to make sense of her infatuation with her wild best friend, a black sheep scion disillusioned by his morally corrupt family and friends, and a housewife trying to make peace with the past and her wayward husband. They each exist in the here and now, living for what's possible and what's leftnot what they've left behind. These are powerful tales of truth seekers imbued with larger-than-life personalities and the all-consuming need to find something worth seeking.
The stories in The Dunning Man are funny, explosive and disarmingly moving [they] pulse with life, and the men and women who figure in them are real people, regular people, working people. People like you and me. It's good to read about them again. ESQUIRE
The mostly Irish American characters in The Dunning Man should know better by now. That they don't (repeating their trespasses again and again) is what makes them so compelling and all too real. PARADE
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About the Author
Kevin Fortuna lives in Cold Spring, New York. He obtained a Bachelors degree in English Literature from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Quicksall Medal for Writing, a Fellowship in Fiction at the Prague Summer Writers Workshop and a Full Fellowship in Fiction at the University of New Orleans, where he received his MFA
What People are Saying About This
Thanks to Kevin Fortuna's empathetic and precise portrayals, these stories will linger in your imaginationlong after the people you meet here have stumbled out into the night.
Miles Harvey, author of The Island of Lost Maps
Kevin Fortuna's complex and compelling characters can't be separated from the equally rich familydrama and surprising twists of his narratives, always the sign of a real writer. I'm in awe of this man'simagination and this story collection. A wonderful debut.
Joseph Boyden, Gillerprize-winning author of The Orendaand Through Black Spruce
These stories are by turns wry and funny, harrowing and heartbreaking. Kevin Fortuna writes withstartling clarity and insight about success, hope and longing and about people struggling to do the rightthing, and sometimes failing. He writes with his heart and his head and with a sheer ballsy velocity youdon't come across very often.
Kevin Moffett, author of Further Interpretations of RealLifeEvents and The Silent History
With clear, exacting prose Kevin Fortuna presents damaged yet indelible characters grappling withshame, pain, and darkness as they teeter on the brink. One gets the sense that these men and womenare only hanging on by a thread, and Fortuna triumphs by refusing to let us look away.
Skip Horack, Stegner Fellow and award-winning author of The Southern Cross and The EdenHunter
Fortuna's people defy life by living, and suck every last breath out of a deflated balloon. They areexhilarating people with fully lived lives, expertly drawn. Fortuna's people are people you'd want toknow, whose lives you may well admire. They may even be you.
Mark Warren, Executive Editor of Esquire