Two excerpts from the book, “Show Tunes and Hate Crimes: 1997,” and “Faith without works: 2005” are now available on the magazine’s website, which describes itself as having a distinct urban aesthetic with a mission to be inclusive and reconcile multiple narratives, images, and voices that are defining the changing landscape.
Akashic Books posted an interview with Jason Carney about his memoir STARVE THE VULTURE, now available on Amazon.
Wilkes University Professor J. Michael Lennon, the late Norman Mailer’s archivist and authorized biographer, interviewed Jason about why he decided to write a memoir, how having a background in poetry factored into the writing of prose, and whether it was hard documenting his life on the page.
He said that “thanks to Carney’s long career as a poet, there are some truly beautiful, enthralling passages that make the book a real page turner. So, before you inwardly moan about not being interested in reading a book about the adventures of yet another addict, really rethink your attitude and give STARVE THE VULTURE a try.”
After describing THE LOVE BOOK as required reading for anyone who picks up a copy of the Post, the reviewer Billy Heller also wrote:
“Although a quartet of friends who first meet on a Flaubert-themed bike trip in France are an unlikely group, in Solomon’s second novel they bond over ‘The Love Book,’ a how-to guide the romantic but naive one, Cathy, finds. Also in the gang are Manhattan writer Emily, personal trainer Max and independent 69-year-old Beatrice. A heartwarming tale of friendship and love and a nice way to welcome a new year.”
“This debut novel still haunts me. I originally picked it up because it was a story set in a small working town in the early 1900′s—exactly the type of setting I write in my own novels—so I was looking for a comparable title, nothing more. What I discovered instead was an absolute gem of a book filled with beautiful characters and classical writing techniques rarely seen in modern literature. I was completely captivated, and am very eager to see what more this talented author has in store for us!”
Publishers Weekly wrote: “Solomon’s follow-up to her 2003 debut SINGLE WIFE revolves around four unlikely friends who first meet during a disastrous Flaubert-themed bike trip in France. There, one of them comes across the titular book about attracting a mate. While the premise of four disparate personalities meeting cute may seem trite at first, Solomon’s effort eventually blossoms into a compelling mix of story lines. Back in Manhattan, Emily, a freelance writer with an impressionable 10-year-old son, catches the eye of Duncan, a charming author with a mean streak that rivals Emily’s ex-husband’s. Fellow New Yorker Max, a tough tomboy who guards her heart fiercely and worries about having fallen for too-good-to-be-true Garrett, works as a personal trainer. Superstitious Cathy, who found the Love Book and keeps trying to get the four together to follow its exercises, lives with her elderly father after having lost her home in a fire. She’s dying to find her soul mate, unlike fiery Beatrice, who is fiercely independent at 69 and determined not to let any man tie her down, even her married paramour Freddy, who wants to marry her, or his brother Malcolm, who is clearly the guy for her.”