Books by Gordon Lish

CESS by Gordon Lish
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"As much a game as a book, Lish's latest doesn't quite track for the plot-driven. Language lovers will enjoy it, though, and it's a sight more challenging than your average morning sudoku."
Noted editor and somewhat less noted writer Lish (Krupp's Lulu: Stories, 2000, etc.) serves up a post-Joycean slice of mannered modernism to mark the twilight of his years ("I'm gaining on 90…").Read full book review >
KRUPP’S LULU by Gordon Lish
Released: May 13, 2000

"Lish, with his ups and downs, is still our Joyce, our Beckett, our most true modernist. Buy! Read! Listen up!"
After such great Lish novels as Epigraph (1996) and Arcade, or How to Write a Novel (1998), a volume of mere stories can seem slight stuff; but moments here, even so, place Lish among the top few still writing what once was called `serious` literature. Read full book review >
EPIGRAPH by Gordon Lish
Released: Nov. 15, 1996

"Delvings into Gordon's unhappy childhood may muddy the book more than deepen it, and repetitious wordplay can irritate more than elevate, but these are small flaws in a novel that dares- -and, partly through comedy, finds a way—to carry grief to its highest, purest pitch."
More tricks out of the Lishian (Zimzum, 1993, etc.) hat, although the performance this (the eighth) time around may be the author's best, funniest—and darkest. Read full book review >
ZIMZUM by Gordon Lish
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"And so: short, self-referential, often scatological tropes of the experimental ilk, with a laugh or two along the way."
More Lish: short, self-referential, scatological tropes of the ``experimental'' stripe, with a laugh or two along the way. Read full book review >
MY ROMANCE by Gordon Lish
Released: July 8, 1991

"Either way, it's an exploitative and cynical little exercise."
Knopf editor Lish's fifth book combines the repetitive minimalism of Samuel Beckett with the obsessive confessionalism of Harold Brodkey—it's a slim novel that deliberately obscures its relation to the author's biography. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 1989

Considering the lack of serious thought that's gone into Lish's latest bit of fictional legerdemain, it should come as no surprise that this slight book follows so soon after Mourners at the Door (1988), a collection of prose bits that exploits the same subjects: sex, bowel movements, and anti-Semitism. Read full book review >