With the Flatlanders in New York playing Carnegie Hall this week, I thought I’d share what Jimmie Dale Gilmore said about my book. I’ve known Jimmie for many years, but it was still a surprise to get a call from him about my book. To be honest, that’s about as good as it gets. If you’re in NYC on April 13th, his show is not to be missed.
“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 terrific novel. His book 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 humorous look, showing us the everyday horrors of what it’s like to start all over again as one approaches middle age.”
As you can imagine, I was overwhelmed by this support for my work from such an immensely talented writer as Suzan-Lori Parks. Her plays are riveting and get under your skin in the most profound ways. She’s an important American writer and I have no doubt that in a hundred years, her work will still be as vibrant and provocative as it is today.
Many thanks SLP!