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Wall Street Journal Reviews Fire Year


Sam Sacks, the fiction editor of the WSJ, includes Fire Year in a review of three works of “religiously inflected” fiction.

Fiction Chronicle- Behind Closed Doors –

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Garth Greenwell Praises Fire Year in Towleroad


I’m thrilled that Greenwell called the title story “among the best stories I’ve read all year.”  And I love that the stories remind him of Malamud, whose fable-like tales have had a big influence on mine.

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Band of Thebes Praises Fire Year


Writing about Fire Year, this smart, sexy gay-lit blog calls it “a gift to find someone writing so intelligently about gay lives,” but I’m the one who feels rewarded, not to mention honored and moved.


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Late Night Library Rookie Report Features Fire Year


This cool, great-looking book blog includes an excerpt from the book and a semi-cheeky “micro-interview” with me.


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Bay Area TV Show Features Jason


For the first time since Bozo the Clown, I was on TV.  In honor of Jewish Book Month, I had a great conversation with writer Joan Gelfand on the Bay Area’s Mosaic program.

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Booklist Pays Fire Year the Ultimate Compliment


They compared my collection to a dog. “In a collection that marks its own territory, Friedman’s seven tales offer a compelling exploration into shifting social norms.”

You have to subscribe to Booklist to read the whole review, but this was my favorite line.

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ForeWord Reviews on Fire Year Title Story


The indie-publishing site called “Fire Year,” the story, an “Isaac Bashevis Singer-like take on the Jewish experience in the American South.”  I.B. Singer is a comparison I’ll take.

Read the entire review here.

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Publishers Weekly Chooses Fire Year As a Big Indie Book for Fall


I’m psyched that Publishers Weekly chose Fire Year as one of 35 small-press books to watch for this fall.

Read the Publishers Weekly – Big Indie Books of Fall 2013

In the listing, just one book separates Fire Year from Sugar, porn star Jenna Jameson’s fiction debut.

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ALA Book List Nomination for Fire Year


Well, I’d never heard of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association, but I’m glad it exists!  Glad too they nominated Fire Year for their Over the Rainbow Book List.

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Fire Year Starred Publishers Weekly Review


This was the first review of my forthcoming story collection, Fire Year.

It’s the best kind of review—one that teaches you something about your own work. The stories “gravitate toward taboo.” Love this. I totally see the taboo theme now—but it never occurred to me before. All this confirms that the author is the last person you should consult about his or her own work. Which puts you, Reader, in an interesting logical position.

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