Advance Reviews and Praise
"With the same biting wit that marks Almond’s previous books of social criticism, Against Football (2014), the accomplished fiction writer and journalist aims to decode the social conditions that landed Trump in the White House. . . . Almond holds up literature as a guide through America’s age-old moral dilemmas and finds hope for his country in family, forgiveness, and political resistance."
--Booklist, starred review (full review out on February 15th)
"A worthwhile foray into understanding and responding to the Trump era"--Publishers Weekly
"It’s a rare writer who has the power to make one aware in every paragraph of the moral necessity of literature, but in Bad Stories, Steve Almond has done just that. With fierce intelligence, moving candor, and dazzling insight, Almond draws on everything from The Grapes of Wrath to the voting practices of his babysitter to dismantle the false narratives about American democracy that got us into the political pickle we’re in. I was enlightened and spellbound by Bad Stories, outraged and consoled. This is a profound and essential book for all time, but especially for now.”
--Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
"Steve, I'm sorry but I've completely destroyed my copy of Bad Stories. Seriously, there was something in every chapter that inspired furious underlining or dog-eared pages or the scribbling of hasty notes in the margins. The upside is that I feel like I have a much better grasp of the tortured American psyche. The downside is that I can't loan the book to anyone, because they'll think I'm a madman. Thanks for the thrilling read."
--Nathan Hill, author of The Nix
1A @ WAMU: Elegies And Effigies: Who Speaks For Appalachia? | Date: 16 Jan 2018
Appalachia. It’s been called Trump Country, coal country and backcountry. But it’s our country.
February - Poets & Writers excerpt
February - Portland Mercury interview
February - Los Angeles Review of Books interview
March - The Baffler excerpt
March - KCRW interview
TBA - Here & Now segment