Gary Fincke

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"We grow as [our parents] direct us to grow. We blankly nod and say, 'Okay,' as Corey does time and time again throughout his youth. But what does that blind obedience afford you when your instructors are as confused as you?"

See the entire review of Gary Fincke's How Blasphemy Sounds to God, just out in the Coal Hill Review.


Braddock Avenue Books is extremely proud to announce that Gary Fincke’s first novel, How Blasphemy Sounds to God, is available for pre-order now. In prose so pitch-perfect you’ll forget you’re reading, Fincke lays open the hearts and souls of people struggling to protect themselves from the chaos of life, reaching for things they only barely know exist…or fleeing those they can’t quite see. Here is a writer at the height of his craft.

About the author: Gary Fincke has published twenty-five books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, including The Proper Words for Sin (stories, 2013), The History of Permanence (poems, 2011), The Canals of Mars (memoir, 2010), and Amp'd: A Father's Backstage Pass, (2004)). Twice awarded Pushcart Prizes, Fincke has been recognized by both the Best American Stories and the O. Henry Prize series, and cited twelve times in the past fourteen years for a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays. Among many awards and honors for his fiction, Fincke has won the 2003 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for his story collection, Sorry I Worried You. His work has appeared in such publications as Harper's, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, and Ploughshares. Fincke is currently the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University.