Books by Darcey Steinke

Darcey Steinke is the author of three novels. Up Through Water and Jesus Saves were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her novel Suicide Blonde has been translated into eight languages. Her short fiction has appeared in The Heretic’s Bible, Story M

SISTER GOLDEN HAIR by Darcey Steinke
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Steinke brings the world of Bent Tree to vivid life with a cast of secondary characters more sharply drawn than Jesse and particularly her parents, who are never quite fully realized on the page."
Steinke (Milk, 2005, etc.) ponders the nature of religious faith in this coming-of-age story about a defrocked New-Age minister's daughter's adjusting to her family's new life in suburban Virginia in the early 1970s.Read full book review >
MILK by Darcey Steinke
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"A lyrical and earthy meditation on the limits and glories of being human."
A slim novel from Steinke (Jesus Saves, 1997, etc.) follows three lonely souls in Brooklyn seeking love and a connection with the infinite. Read full book review >
JOYFUL NOISE by Rick Moody
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"In its narrow purview, this New Testament revisited is considerably less juicy than the original."
A bid to shed fresh light on the New Testament, weighed down by a disappointingly predictable party line: Jesus-as-radical-moral-teacher. Read full book review >
JESUS SAVES by Darcey Steinke
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is angry, painful, disturbing fiction, its impact only slightly lessened by the occasional rhapsodic outbursts of some of the characters. (Author tour)"
A grim and often persuasive view of modern suburbia as the outer circle of hell. Read full book review >
SUICIDE BLONDE by Darcey Steinke
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Expect the usual brouhaha: condemnation, then increased sales."
After her relatively demure debut (Up Through the Water, 1989), Steinke turns up the heat for this episodic tale of kinky sex and all-out depravity. Read full book review >
UP THROUGH THE WATER by Darcey Steinke
Released: June 1, 1989

This debut novel, set on Okracoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, captures all the intensity of islands in summertime—the sun shines brighter, music is louder, love comes faster, and each small hurt is shattering. Read full book review >