BOOKS

THE LAST GOOD MAN

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“Like Sherwood Anderson’s classic `Winesburg, Ohio,’ Lyons’s debut collection of 11 stories — winner of the Associated Writing Programs 1992 Award in Short Fiction – lifts the rock off a seemingly sleepy town to cast light on the quietly desperate secret lives of its inhabitants. Lawton Falls, Massachusetts is a dying mill city whose ethnically mixed population includes politicians, priests, blue-collar workers, mixed-up teens, and the newspaperman of the title tale who, at the end of an undistinguished career, wrestles with the morality of making `a great deal of money in an illicit fashion.’ Lyons, a remarkably gifted writer, renders these slices of life with compassion and a keen eye for telling detail. Highly recommended.”  – Library Journal


DOG DAYS

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With its trendy software-industry backdrop (featuring obligatory scenes of computer geeks slaving over hot terminals, fueled by enormous amounts of caffeine and forsaking personal hygiene in the name of productivity), the novel at first seems as if it may click over onto a track already covered by Douglas Coupland’s ”Microserfs” or any number of Hollywood scripts involving the Internet and technically impossible plots. But when it leaves this insular environment for the outside world’s realities of bad neighbors, bad relationships and bad decisions, ”Dog Days” heads in a different direction from the rest of the pack. –New York Times Book Review


OPTIONS: THE SECRET LIFE OF STEVE JOBS

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“Unfettered by facts, Lyons inspires our prurient, page-turning fascination with a thoroughly unlikable narrator whose antics are at once unbelievable and vaguely plausible. The real Steve Jobs is a complicated, volatile narcissist, and so is his fictional doppelgänger. Fake Steve tells us he started Apple `in my garage, by myself, or actually with this other guy but he’s out of the picture now, so who cares.” — New York Times

“In the establishment-skewering tradition of Voltaire, Cervantes, Jonathan Swift and Laurence Sterne we now have a voice for our own digital age.” — Newsweek

“Just as Tom Wolfe skewered Wall Street in the ‘80s, Fake Steve Jobs lights a mini-bonfire in Silicon Valley with Options.” — Entertainment Weekly