R.J. Fox displays the type of range in his three books that most writers aspire to. From the situational hilarity of his debut, Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine, to the self-deprecating genius of his latest, Tales from the Dork Side, to the gritty poetics he rolls onto the streets of Detroit in his upcoming, Awaiting Identification, Fox draws deeply from his screenwriting roots to produce visual masterpieces that tug at the philosophical and the emotional heartstrings in all of us. His work is flawless and funny and, frankly, it deserves more attention.
I was honored to have him read an advance copy of No Sad Songs and have him provide his thoughts:
“Relatable on so many levels and to so many ages beyond its YA target, it is almost impossible not to find a character that doesn’t remind you of someone you know –and are certainly likely to find echoes of yourself throughout. Even though every family is different, this book is a reminder of how much they all have in common in varying shades and degrees. The book is filled with one amazingly powerful scene after another, with a perfect blend of humor and pathos that will keep you hooked throughout. The YA world is about to have a new king.”
-R.J. Fox, author of Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine, Tales from the Dork Side, and Awaiting Identification