2014 BEST New Author
This 38-year-old Northeast native’s debut work, a memoir called The Removers, is dark and bleak and funny and utterly Philly. The down-on-his-luck narrator joins his sad dad, a disgraced former La Salle prof, in the business of making house calls to pick up corpses for local funeral homes. Between encounters with the dead and those they leave behind, he meanders in and out of love affairs, observes the dissolution of his parents’ marriage, and ponders why he can’t seem to gain any traction. A tour de force that should be the hands-down choice for the next One Book, One Philadelphia campaign.