Books by Cris Mazza

CHARLATAN by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An impressive compendium of an important career—Mazza's work shines."
A chronological compilation of Mazza's (Something Wrong With Her, 2013, etc.) substantial body of short fiction, spanning the years 1979 to 2013. Read full book review >
WATERBABY by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2007

"Although Mazza almost drowns her novel in detail and alternative story lines that don't quite go anywhere, the overall result packs a lingering wallop."
From the ambitious Mazza (Girl Beside Him, 2001, etc.), an overstuffed novel about an emotionally paralyzed woman who finds herself living out a ghost story on the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
GIRL BESIDE HIM by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"An ambitious but intrusively 'literary' novel of people and animals, the animals this time far more interesting than the people."
Mazza (Dog People, 1997, etc.) weaves together faxes, italicized internal musings, flashback dialogue, standard narrative, and letters typed on an old-fashioned manual machine to explore the convergence of a wildlife biologist's personal identity crisis with another crisis in the natural world. Read full book review >
FORMER VIRGIN by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Mazza's talent can be striking when she chooses to exercise it."
A third collection from the ``postfeminist'' author whose previous works (Dog People, 1997, etc.) have established her as one of the quirkier voices on the scene today. Read full book review >
DOG PEOPLE by Cris Mazza
Released: May 1, 1997

"Mazza is one cold- blooded comedian."
A quirky new work by the author of Your Name Here: ________ (1994), etc., focuses on the sexual power struggles of two long- married couples in terms best understood by their pet dogs. Read full book review >
YOUR NAME HERE:_________ by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"A few well-crafted and moving moments, then, but ultimately tedious and grating."
From the author of Exposed (1994), etc.: another tense, slightly out-of-focus personal drama, but this one runs on too long, its effect dissipated by its own relentless intensity. Read full book review >
EXPOSED by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"A disappointing effort from a writer with an abundance of talent but, in this case, a lack of direction."
The author of a previous novel (How to Leave a Country, 1992) and several collections of ambiguous short stories creates a nightmarish chain of events with no resolution. Read full book review >
HOW TO LEAVE A COUNTRY by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Wry and compelling, overall, but mannered, even tricky—more the work of a short-story writer in the process of becoming a novelist than of a novelist who has hit her stride."
Mazza's first novel (after two collections, Is it Sexual Harassment Yet?, Animal Acts): a clever, experimental fiction that's very good at capturing the everyday absurdity of cockeyed conversations between odd people trying on ideas or experiences for size, but that ends with a narcissistic whimper instead of a bang. Read full book review >