Dan Cryer

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Dan Cryer on Ethan Canin: "In the 1980s, when hip, young writers proclaimed themselves avatars of the drug-propelled, angst-ridden, media-savvy moment, Ethan Canin was the old geezer of his generation, and proud of it."

Cryer on Alice McDermott: "Like Britain's Penelope Fitzgerald, McDermott is a master of the exquisite miniature. Most of her novels come in at two hundred pages or fewer, and by these less-is-more standards, her National Book Award-winning novel, 'Charming Billy,' is a tome."

Cryer on Rick Bass: "Rick Bass's dispatches arrive every year or so from the Yaak Valley, a remote Montana wilderness. Whether fiction or literary eco-journalism, they're imbued with a transcendent love of the earth and the belief that its miraculous flora and fauna are endangered by human rapaciousness."

Selected Works

Biography
Candid biography of a champion of liberal religion and foe of the religious right
Essays
An opinionated, irreverent look at the most fascinating writers of our time
Memoirs
Novelists, poets and nonfiction writers on their Buckeye State beginnings

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