Listen or download a John Kessel interview on WMUA’s Writer’s Voice here.
The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories just received a great thoughtful review in the LA Times:
“There is at least one universal truth running through this collection. Rejection, unlike love, is a sure thing. Its contours can be measured, its gravity weighed. In that, Kessel’s losers surely aren’t alone in stumbling off the path to paradise.”
Down in western North Carolina WNC Magazine gave the book a corker of a review in their August issue (on stands now):
“Politically conscious science fiction, macabre humor, and economical, slice-of-life storytelling…. A treasure trove of polished gems for anyone who enjoys a well-told tale.”
Update: a new review popped up on Anthem (who also have a great Feist/John McCain house-counting mashup):
What keeps the reader motivated to power through the slow points is salient feature of the book is the deftness with which Kessel builds his characters. The stories are based around misfits, nerds, and criminals—people who, for one reason or another, lie about who they are.