Books by John McManus

Twenty-two-year-old John McManus was one of 10 writers to receive $35,000 as part of the year 2000 Whiting Writing Awards. The award came just five months after the Picador USA June publication of his debut collection of stories -- Stop Breakin Down -- an


FOX TOOTH HEART by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"With his strange cast of drunks, murderers, and the drug-addled, McManus fits comfortably into a tradition of Gothic writing, adding his own—dare one say peculiar?—twists."
McManus shows a quirky originality in these nine stories as he focuses on the outré and bizarre doings of his off-center characters. Read full book review >
BITTER MILK by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"The work of a young writer still seeking his own voice. When McManus finds it, the results may be spectacular."
Claustrophobic first novel about an embattled and haunted Southern boyhood. Read full book review >
BORN ON A TRAIN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"McManus seems enamored of trapping his characters in hillbilly hell and stranding both them and readers there—for an inordinate amount of time."
Backcountry doom and gloom in tales that strive for authenticity and occasionally achieve it. Read full book review >
STOP BREAKIN DOWN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"If it's true that amateurs borrow and professionals steal, when McManus begins a truly larcenous assault on those he admires, he's in for a promising career."
Now and then comes a first book by a writer so young and possessed of unique voice and vision, his promise seems unlimited—that, despite its evident poise and skill, is unfortunately not the case with this highly derivative debut collection. Read full book review >