Books by Michael Downing

STILL IN LOVE by Michael Downing
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Downing sets the town-and-gown scenery well, but there's an irony in a hero advocating for active writing in such a static environment."
A creative writing professor soldiers through a semester, uncertain of his own capacity to write or teach. Read full book review >
THE CHAPEL by Michael Downing
Released: April 14, 2015

"Photos, stick-figure sketches, comical Italian-accented English, intellectual freight, metaphors that turn literal and some good jokes pepper this novel, which is playful and erudite but also self-conscious and perhaps too restlessly rarefied."
Under the spell of Giotto's celestial frescoes in Padua, Italy, a waspish American widow grapples with the emotional and intellectual baggage left behind after her husband's death. Read full book review >
BREAKFAST WITH SCOT by Michael Downing
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"And with the (really rather endearing) figure of Scot, some lucky young actor will have the flamboyant role of a lifetime."
A middle-aged gay couple's misadventure in parenting is the subject of this wisecrack-laden fourth novel by the author of Mother of God (1990), etc. Life is moving along in an agreeable rut in Cambridge, Mass., for Sam, a busy chiropractor, and his partner Ed, who works for a tony art magazine (Figura) owned by a jet-setting cheapskate. Read full book review >