In these nine idiosyncratic stories collected from literary magazines, acclaimed author (WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, LINCOLN'S DOCTOR'S DOG) Richard Grayson appealingly employs snapshots of the 1960s,... More > 1970s and 1980s in what Kirkus Reviews has called his "comic fiction crammed with details adopted from pop culture and the daily news."
More praise for Richard Grayson's books:
"Grayson’s stories achieve many goals, and he is clearly a master of the genre."
- American Book Review
"Grayson is a born storyteller and standup talker...Highly recommended."
- Library Journal< Less
Some misguided souls think that boniatos -- the tropical sweet potatoes beloved in South Florida -- are boring.
Not Richard Grayson, author of BONIATOS ARE NOT BORING, who appreciates this Latin... More > Caribbean tuber in all its morning glory. Out of boniatos and other supposedly ordinary things - the French game of Mille Bornes, a system for transmitting business data, a junior high production of "The King and I," out-of-the-way Vietnamese shopping malls in Silicon Valley, the display advertising department of the Village Voice and sunbathing in the middle of San Francisco - can be made magically inventive short stories, slices of American life as filling and satisfying as, well, boniatos themselves.< Less
A story about gay relationships, marriage, teenagers, competitive diving, race relations, basketball, dentistry, the Episcopal church, emo music, driving and the nature of contemporary narrative, set... More > in 2005 Los Angeles and Staten Island.< Less
Selected stories from Richard Grayson's fiction collection going back to his 1978 chapbook DISJOINTED FICTIONS. All these stories first appeared in literary magazines or webzines. Stories include... More > "What They Did That Winter," "Presidential Snapshots," "I Survived Caracas Traffic," "Rules of Civil Procedure," and "And to Think That He Kissed Him on Lorimer Street."< Less
Hipster Book Club has said: "Richard Grayson is a meta-fictionalist of the old school, where structure is often as important as narrative, where the story is sometimes hidden in structural... More > tricks like diary entries, lists, and jokes."
The nine stories in LET THE READER BEWARE were originally published in literary magazines between 1976 and 1981, but, as Hipster Book Club noted, "Grayson has such a fresh approach to writing that these stories don't seem dated. In some ways, Grayson may remind readers of a younger Woody Allen — an intellectual who ponders the nature of existence yet is remarkably funny while discussing life, death, and capitalism. Like much of the meta-fiction oeuvre, Grayson often writes stories about writing stories. The trick with this genre is to make sure the reader can find the story...Grayson succeeds here — the lists and diary entries reveal his passion for finding new ways to tell a story."< Less
The six stories in OH KHRUSHCHEV, MY KHRUSHCHEV, all previously published in literary magazines from 1978 to 1994, feature baby boomers growing up in the shadow of the Cold War from the Eisenhower... More > era of the 1950s into full yuppiehood during the Reagan revolution of the 1980s and beyond. One boy's crush on Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, junior high recitations of the poem "Invictus," the reaction of Columbia University students to the 1970 Kent State killings, suicide attempts both failed and successful, endless protest marches, a woman's struggle with computer programming on an old Apple IIc, discreet banks in the Cayman Islands, monthly condo board meetings, screenwriters in the Hollywood Hills, and federal bankruptcy court in the district of Southern Florida -- all of this and more are craftily delineated and diagrammed in Richard Grayson's playful portraits of an American generation coping with constant change.< Less
These ten stories present gay men coping with unusual situations: a best friend and fellow former prostitute bitten by an Ozarks bat in the wake of 9/11; a fashion designer morbidly worried about an... More > impending worldwide chocolate shortage; an Orthodox Jew who consults his rabbi because a lover refuses to ever remove his socks during sex; a young African-American college student on a homophobic campus who has to put up with his Muslim roommate’s therapy monkey; a Wyoming cattle ranch manager dealing with an outbreak of leafy spurge on his land shortly after the murder of Matthew Shepard; a writer confronting on his past affair with his much younger filmmaker stepbrother; a Puerto Rican teacher compelled to watch shirtless teabag-eating white boys on YouTube; a former babysitter of the actor Laurence Fishburne unable to understand his young gay tenants' interest in knitting and supply chain management; and a Florida man haunted by the shuttered suburban movie theaters of his youth.< Less
The author of such story collections as WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, THE SILICON VALLEY DIET and I BRAKE FOR DELMORE SCHWARTZ sets his new novelette in 2005 Los Angeles and Staten Island. It's a story... More > about gay relationships, marriage, teenagers, competitive diving, race relations, basketball, real estate, minor league baseball, dentistry, the Episcopal church, emo music, San Fernando Valley traffic, old fashioned English tea shoppes, silent movie stars Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand and the nature of contemporary narrative.< Less