Authors

Catherine Gammon

Catherine Gammon
Date Comment, Note, Announcement
12/11/2014

Catherine Gammon, author of Sorrow, has been quite busy writing a number of astute and discerning book reviews for several online literary journals. Her careful and honest critique provides insight and thought-provoking discourse.

Sharing her thoughts on Margo Berdeshevsky’s collection of short stories, Beautiful Soon Enough at Necessary Fiction, Gammon praises the author for her poetic yet sparse language and compressed narrative while giving us a glimpse of what readers might experience with Berdeshevksy’s work.

“There is an elegiac sadness in these stories, and for all their complexity and beauty and inevitability and truth, they take us into a world of restless unsatisfactoriness, made bearable for its inhabitants only by a serene sensibility that sees and hears the beauty—and the terror—in each moment.”

12/04/2014

At San Francisco Zen Center Sangha News, Catherine Gammon reviews The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women, a collection of koans and stories from Buddhist women.

Gammon’s review of Daniel Herman’s Zen and the White Whale – A Buddhist Rendering of Moby Dick is also available at San Francisco Zen Center Sangha News.

Also up at Necessary Fiction from Catherine Gammon: Bald New World, by Peter Tieryas Liu

Keep an eye out for more wonderful, insightful and very thoughtful reviews from Catherine Gammon including Fat Man and Little Boy, by Mike Meginnis and None of this is Real, by Miranda Mellis.

07/21/2014

Catherine Gammon, the author of Sorrow, led a Writing As A Wisdom Project workshop with a wonderful group at Zen Center of Pittsburgh on July 19.

07/15/2014

Sorrow received this lovely notice from James Brubaker in a July 13 interview in The Collagist: “Catherine Gammon’s Sorrow was one of the most harrowing and heartbreaking books I’ve read in recent memory, but it’s so worth it...”

05/17/2014

Sorrow was a finalist in fiction for the Northern California Book Award this year, which was awarded to Daniel Alarcon for At Night We Walk in Circles.

Text on Sorrow from Northern California Book Awards program:

"Sorrow focuses on the psychological descent of a character who suffers the scars of extreme sexual abuse, and the total landscape of grievous injury described within this novel includes incest, mental illness, murder and the struggling of immigrants from Colombia and Salvador. The novel’s dirge-like depictions of loss, longing, anger, insanity and pain are rendered with harrowing and graphic precision from start to tragic finish, but the despair that weighs down every page is leavened by the author’s exquisite poetry and her compassion for her characters.

The protagonist of Sorrow is Anita, a sensitive young woman who is in her twenties, works in an office, and lives with her TV-addicted, beer-guzzling mother in a small New York City apartment. Their building’s maintenance man and his nephew are both in love with Anita, but she’d rather have sex with strangers in alleys. Anita becomes enraged at her mother, and soon Anita is sharpening the family’s knives and experiencing delusions that drive her to kill. After Anita murders her mother, the real trouble begins. Anita’s memories of her horrific past—which have been repressed—return to torment her. She must also now deal with the predatory abusers her mother had warded off. A detective tries to figure out if a crime occurred, while Anita tries to adjust to being in prison.

The inner lives of these suffering souls and the evolutions of their turmoil make for an intense reading experience."

08/09/2013

It's now and it's here.

Braddock Avenue Books is very proud to announce that Catherine Gammon’s gripping new novel, Sorrow, is available now.  The unforgettable story of a young woman’s journey from betrayal to redemption, Sorrow will leave you rethinking your basic assumptions about the human experience.

About the author: Catherine Gammon is the author of the novel Isabel Out of the Rain and the story collection Beauty and the Beast. Her fiction has appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Other Voices, and The New England Review. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. A Soto Zen priest, Catherine was ordained in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2005. She divides her time between Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in California and Brooklyn, New York. www.catherinegammon.wordpress.com

02/20/2013

Available August 8, 2013.  Pre-order now until August 8th and receive free shipping.  Enter the promotional code Gammon.

Braddock Avenue Books is very proud to announce that Catherine Gammon’s gripping new novel, Sorrow, will be available August 8, 2013.  An unforgettable story of a young woman’s journey from betrayal to redemption, Sorrow will leave you rethinking your basic assumptions about the human experience.  Keep an eye out here for pre-order information and on our Facebook page.

About the author: Catherine Gammon is the author of the novel Isabel Out of the Rain and the story collection Beauty and the Beast. Her fiction has appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Other Voices, and The New England Review. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. A Soto Zen priest, Catherine was ordained in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2005. She divides her time between Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in California and Brooklyn, New York. www.catherinegammon.wordpress.com