One of the coolest things about having a new book on the way is that you get to ask people you admire to read it and write up nice things about it. Part of what I'll be doing on the blog during the lead up to publication of The red Book or Operation Iraqi Freedom is My Fault is posting the blurbs from the awesome people who've written them for me and linking to their work so that hopefully some of you will go out and see what they are working on our what they've done already.
Today I am posting a blurb from Wendell Mayo. Wendell was one of my professors at Bowling Green State University (what seems a million years ago), and being in a classroom with him was something special. More than once, he handed me a story back and the last two pages would be crossed out and he'd have rewritten the ending in the voice of my narrator. The man is powerful mimic and writer. He also often had fruit snacks.
Here is some of what Wendell had to say about my forthcoming book:
"Jennings is brilliant at the art of autobiographical essay, not only showing how he is caught up in mainstream events like 9/11 and Iraqi Freedom, but how his past and present selves whorl and eddy in essays that are richly drawn and brutally honest. In this groundbreaking book, Jennings intersperses excerpts from his teenage-self’s diary, the “Red Book,” dialogue with an unnamed other, footnotes, and so much more. The net result is a kind of atomic cloud full of crackling energy and wonder...Read this book. It's a stunner. It’ll open your eyes and break your heart."
Thank you so much for writing this Wendell and for believing in me and my work.
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