Richard Wiley




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Novels

Tacoma Stories
“Richard Wiley is one of our best writers. These stories satisfy in the way that brilliant short fiction always satisfies; one feels as if one has absorbed the expansive vision and drama of a novel. Read slowly, and I bet you’ll want to read again.”
-Richard Bausch, author of Peace and Living in the Weather of the World


“It’s a strange and winsome feeling I have, reading Tacoma Stories, the blue sensation that Richard Wiley has made me homesick for a place I’ve never been, mourning the loss of friends I never had, in a life where each and every one of us is loved, however imperfectly. Think Sherwood Anderson inhabiting Raymond Carver’s Northwest and you’ll have a clear picture of Wiley’s accomplishment.”
-Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Islands and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

Bob Stevenson
A witty, roller-coaster ride of uncertain identity set against the gritty certainties of New York City. In compelling, unadorned prose, Richard Wiley gives us a bewitching and ultimately moving tale.
-Caryl Phillips

The Book of Important Moments
Strange, riveting work—with an albino rapist speaking, at times, a kind of Shakespearean rap. Wiley gets across the unconscionable violence and poverty that permeates some sectors of Nigerian society, and paints a compelling portrait of the entitled impotency deadening the American middle class. We end up feeling empathy for the deranged Nigerian, and irritation, even repugnance, for the American characters. In the end, none of the lot are really good or bad—the situations make them so. From the opening rape scene with its uncomfortable comedy, to the absurd tragedy of the bullet at the end, a gripping, entertaining book—who can forget Mrs. Beaver?—endowed with the truth of human nature than only a novel can claim.
-Fleur

Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show
"Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show takes us to mid-nineteenth-century Japan and makes it contemporary and intimately familiar. It's a wryly told tale, full of wonders and surprises, written with grace and authority. If there is such a thing as global fiction, Richard Wiley is writing it."
- Russell Banks

This absorbing and immensely pleasurable book achieves momentum through Wiley's fluid style, the lightness with which he bears his learning, and the vitality and wit with which he brings a vanished world to life.
- Publishers Weekly

Soldiers in Hiding
Easily the most original piece of American fiction to appear in years.
- PEN/Faulkner Award Citation

Masterful, emotionally searing... a hauntingly elegiac novel of tarnished honor and hollow revenge.
- The Washington Post

Wonderful... original... haunting... reading Soldiers in Hiding is like watching a man on a high wire!
- Los Angeles Times

Fools' Gold
Wiley delivers a wonderful, ethereal second novel, filled with haunting images built of graceful, haiku-like prose.
- Kirkus Boook Review

Wiley not only knows all the technical details about existence in that place during that time, which gives his novel authentic, compelling upholstery, but he also understands the psychology of the kind of individual who would seek personal satisfaction by going to Alaska to strike it rich. This is not the kind of excitement-filled novel that will leave the reader breathless at the turn of every page, but its vividly realized atmosphere supplies its own rewards.
- BH, Booklist


Festival for Three Thousand Maidens
Richard Wiley writes as if he was born and raised everywhere... in Festival for Three Thousand Maidens Wiley immerses us in non-western cultures--and unique characters--we desperately need to know more about if we hope to create a globally conscious American fiction for the next century.
- Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage

Richard Wiley has given us a fascinating and utterly convincing portrait of a young man caught between two cultures and struggling to understand both.
- T. Coraghessan Boyle, author of East Is East


Indigo
Provocative and memorable... a richly layered exploration of cultural awareness, moral conflict and racial identity.
- New York Times Book Review

Wiley's novel recalls Graham Greene's work in its depiction of a Westerner immersed in a foreign culture he only half understands, coming to new self-knowledge as a result. Neal is a particularly satisfying creation, a genuinely decent man who makes the most of the opportunity to change his life.
-Publishers Weekly


Ahmed's Revenge
Straddling the genres of adventure novel and potboiler, the book is nothing short of an exotic page-turner.
-David Cline, Booklist Review

Wiley writes with a vividly pictorial eye and evokes the burgeoning sophistication of Nairobi, as well as the wilderness forever tearing at its boundaries.
-Publishers Weekly


Novels

On St. Patrick’s Day in 1968, sixteen people sit in Pat’s Tavern, drink green beer, flirt, rib each other, and eventually go home in (mostly) different directions. In the stories that follow, which span 1958 to the present, Richard Wiley pops back into the lives of this colorful cast of characters—sometimes into their pasts, sometimes into their futures—and explores the ways in which their individual narratives indelibly weave together. At the heart of it all lies Tacoma, Washington, a town full of eccentricities and citizens as unique as they are universal. The Tacoma of Tacoma Stories might be harboring paranoid former CIA operatives and wax replicas of dead husbands, but it is also a place with all the joys and pains one could find in any town, anytime and anywhere.
Dr. Ruby Okada meets Bob Stevenson, a charming man with a Scottish accent, in the elevator of her psychiatric hospital. Unaware that he is an escaping patient, she falls under his spell, and her life and his are changed forever by the time they get to the street.
Ruth Rhodes is suddenly confronted by the man who raped her four years earlier, and must come clean with both herself and her husband, while he negotiates the grief and mystery surrounding the murder of his own mother. The rapist, meanwhile, stands atop this narrative, telling his side of the story in diabolically captivating ways.
Two American minstrels visit Japan and get caught in Machiavellian machinations at the opening of the country in 1854.
American Jazz musicians drafted into the Japanese army during World War II. Pen/Faulkner Award winner.
World travelers meet and clash in Nome, Alaska at the end of the 19th Century.
The raucous tale of a mid-1960s Peace Corps Volunteer living in a Korean Village.
American school principal involves himself in Nigerian intrigue and politics.
Ivory and animals on a Kenyan farm. Out of Africa in the modern age.

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