Books by James McCourt

LASTING CITY by James McCourt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Vibrantly, blissfully sublime."
A creatively executed memoir rekindling the epoch of an eccentric native New Yorker. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"The individual voices are not always easily made out, and the song is off in the land of Pierrot Lunaire. Still, brilliant, experimental fun."
A symphony of a novel, with a master singer—an oltrano, capable of hitting notes most dogs can't hear—at center stage. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2003

"A welcome makeover for the textbook view of New York—and American—cultural history."
A brilliant account of the evolution of modern gay culture in post-WWII New York. Read full book review >
WAYFARING AT WAVERLY IN SILVER LAKE by James McCourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2002

"Like being regaled by an eccentric Joyce devotee: a reader feels both exhilarated and trapped."
McCourt brings back the eponymous movie star protagonist of Kaye Wayfaring (Avenged, 1984) and her opera diva mother-in-law (Mawdrew Czgowchwz, 1975) in a tour de force of language that will delight some while leaving others frustrated by the submerged characters, plot, and sheer difficulty of the read. Read full book review >
DELANCEY'S WAY by James McCourt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2000

"A bit hyperactive even for a thriller, but McCourt's narrative has a nice satiric edge and an air of credibility that make it worth packing for the next campaign."
McCourt's latest potboiler cuts an uneven swath through the nation's capital, lovingly portrayed (in the sharpest Hogarthian lines) as a nest of social climbers, criminals, homosexuals, mafiosi, religious fanatics, black supremacists, and politicians. Read full book review >
TIME REMAINING by James McCourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1993

"McCourt is no easy writer, but his way with disorder and sorrow—early and late- -is not to be missed."
In the latest from McCourt (Mawdrew Czgowchwz, 1975; Kate Wayfaring in ``Avenged'', 1984), the first story of two—``I Go Back to the Mais Oui''—acts as an overture for its much longer successor. Read full book review >