Here’s what people are saying about My Year as a Clown:
“With MY YEAR AS A CLOWN, Robert Steven Williams has written a terrific novel. He pulls back the curtain on male masculinity — showing us what a guy really goes through when dealing with the difficult mess of his beloved spouse’s infidelity and the ensuing divorce. Williams’ characters give us the real-deal: a gut wrenching and often humourous look, showing us the everyday horrors of what it’s like to start all over again as one approaches middle age.”
Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright for Topdog/Underdog
“When we first meet Chuck Morgan, the main character in Robert Steven Williams’ new novel, My Year as a Clown, he’s broken, twisted and confused. And that’s what makes him so interesting. Like other intriguing literary heroes, Chuck is at his best after life has knocked him to the ground, forcing him to find a new way to be strong again; damaged maybe, but more confident this time, with a kinder, more open heart.”
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, singer, songwriter, guitarist, member of the Flatlanders
“Robert Steven Williams has written a novel of tremendous honesty, humor, and insight. His story of Philadelphia Eagles-loving Chuck Morgan, cast adrift on the rocky shoals of dating when his wife of twenty years suddenly leaves him, does for men what Bridget Jones’s Diary did for women.”
Joy Johannessen, editor (Alice Sebold, Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham)
Winner of the Silver Medal for Popular Fiction, 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards
My Year as a Clown: When his wife of twenty years leaves him for another man, Chuck Morgan is abruptly forced back into the single lifestyle. Middle-aged and helplessly adrift, Chuck longs for the life he thought he had. Now he worries he’ll never have a relationship again, that he could stand in the lobby of a brothel with a hundred dollar bill plastered to his forehead and still not get laid. My Year as a Clown is the story of one man’s fumbling, funny, emotionally raw year of relearning to live on his own, a year that presents a minefield of new issues to navigate, including a lost job, awkward dates, even more awkward sex, and the spiritual advice of an offbeat, marijuana-smoking rabbi. As his life starts to unravel, Chuck must overcome his phobias and find his place in the unfamiliar world before him.
Smartly comic and darkly entertaining, My Year As A Clown introduces a new kind of male hero that fans of Nick Hornby and Jonathan Tropper are sure to embrace.
My Year as a Clown is now available digitally on Against the Grain Press wherever digital books are sold around the world.
In FAQs, I answer questions about the writing of the book, the inspiration, the themes, and of course, I discuss how much of the story is really fiction. On the Only She Knows page, you’ll learn more about the writing and recording of Chuck’s song to Pauline. You’ll find alternate covers on the, you guessed it, the Alternate Covers page. Soon there will be a deleted scene page, but that comes later.
If you’d like to sample the book, here’s the first few chapters: