Publication Day!

What does a writer do on Publication Day of his debut novel? He spends the afternoon fiddling with his website and randomly googling his book’s title to see what comes up. Mostly pre-publication reviews he’s already memorized, and an invitation to join Linked-In so he can become better acquainted with Christopher Hacker. Sounds like a good idea…

Advance praise for The Morels

The Morels is a daring and dangerous novel about the dangers of writing—and perhaps reading—novels, its pages stuffed with love, pain, worry, movies, music, fresh-baked bread, daily life in the real Manhattan, family secrets and, dare I say it, big bold ideas.”

—David Gordon, author of The Serialist

“Christopher Hacker’s The Morels is a captivating book, a clever, engaging read. But it also does a lot of heavy lifting, asking big questions about art, life, and family, transforming this ambitious debut into something really special.”

—Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

“It’s hard out there for sons and lovers in Christopher Hacker’s accomplished debut, The Morels. To step into both this novel and the eponymous family it harbors is to peek into a house of mirrors that reminds us it can still be dangerous to write a novel, expose a strip of film to lightor make any kind of art, really. Hacker’s splendid snapshot of a distinct cultural moment in the life of the American artist truly beguiles, and you’re going to want to see how this multi-layered, flying-trapeze-routine of a story ends.”

—T Cooper, author of Real Man Adventures

“Hacker’s novel asks fundamental questions about imagination and art…. An unnerving and hugely satisfying novel, I hungrily read The Morels less for answers than for the pleasure of the messy and vital world Hacker creates.”

—Victoria Redel, author of The Border of Truth

“A jarring New York story of a self conscious writer who desperately over-intellectualizes his home life in order to psychologically masticate personal demons with devastating results. Set in the gloaming of the 20th century, Hacker’s creation, Arthur Morel, is on a quest to prove art is not only vital but inextricably linked with reality.”

—Margarita Shalina, translator of The Duel by Anton Chekhov

“I could not stop reading this book, and it wasn’t because I was searching for some answer but rather I couldn’t wait to get to the next question.”

—Michael Seidenberg, Brazenhead Books

The Morels is an accomplished and moving novel. It’s challenging, and not easy to talk about, but in the end, I fell in love with Hackers’ characters and was deeply touched by their story.”

—Cale Hand, The Strand Bookstore

“Hacker considers how far you should go in the name of art and just where the line falls between instructive honesty and crass commercialism. A first novel from a Pushcart Prize finalist that bears watching.”

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