In the interest of promoting Zinsky
the Obscure, my debut novel (available
on Amazon), I am devoting this space, for the
next year or two, to Zinsky
news on the Zinsky
First, a flattering
review of Zinsky
in Booklist. (Which does contain spoilers.)
The best quote: "This wry debut novel takes on the
classic coming-of-age saga, and it makes the reader
rethink common assumptions about how young people
get from here to there."
Weekly's review was wonderful, too. (But
again: spoilers.) The key excerpt: "This eloquent
novel from Mochari...is both bleak and affecting."
Then there's the marvelous writeup Zinsky
received from Kirkus
Reviews: "A powerful debut, with Dickensian
touches in its heartbreaking and occasionally
humorous chronicle of the life of a modern young
man." (Alas, spoilers in this one too.)
A great review with no spoilers is now
"Brutally funny...forged from the same literary
hearth that has given us such delightful and fussy
oddballs as Ignatius J. Reilly, Don Quixote, and
Kilgore Trout....this book has the scope of
something like Irving's The
World According to Garp. It also has that
also published a Q&A with me. In the
interview, we discussed Zinsky,
to be sure, but we also talked about George R. R.
Martin, The Great
Gatsby, The Who, The Notorious B.I.G., and
The Boston Globe
in its Sunday "Word
on the Street" column.
Firsts named Zinsky
a finalist in its debut fiction contest.
Two excerpts from Zinsky
are live. One is on Boston's
NPR Station and Stymie.
It contains a sex scene. The other is on The
Good Men Project. It contains a sports scene.
Speaking of Boston's NPR Station: The afternoon
drive-time program Radio
Boston named Zinsky
one of its "Good Reads For The Summer."
Thank you to the following five blogs for their
flattering reviews of Zinsky:
Read Faster, The
Relentless Reader, The
Feminist Texican, and Conceptual
My article on Tim Tebow's coming to the New England
appeared on Cognoscenti,
the online magazine of Boston's NPR's station.
Video of my readings at the Harvard Book Store and
Porter Square Books is now
On Lori Hettler's The
Next Best Book blog, you'll find my essay,
"There's A One Letter Difference Between Waiter and
The Jewish Book Council (JBC) recognized Christina
Regon's brilliant work on the Zinsky
the Obscure cover, honoring us as the "Book
Cover of the Week."
The JBC has also featured me as a guest blogger. Here
are my posts on Zinsky's
autobiographical elements, the power of Delmore
Schwartz and Nathanael West, and my lessons learned
in summer camp on the importance of singing. These
appeared in the Jewish
A hearty thanks to poet Doug Holder for his
fantastic profile of me and Zinsky
Book Blog featured me and Zinsky
in a recent profile.
And JewishBoston.com recently featured
me and Zinsky
in its "Four Questions" column.
Ilan Mochari is the author of the novel Zinsky
the Obscure (Fomite Press). His
short stories have appeared in Keyhole,
Stymie, Ruthie's Club and
Oysters & Chocolate. Another
story received an honorable mention in a Glimmer
Train competition. He
contributor to Cognoscenti,
the online magazine for Boston's NPR station. He
has a B.A. in English from Yale University.