AWP Award Series in the Novel
Thrust into the bizarre labyrinth of DC society, John MacManus struggles to rescue a bankrupt nonprofit while starting a family. Wackiness ensues.
“…hilarious, page-turning prose….An absurd, funny first novel, similar to DeLillo’s White Noise, or a less nightmarish version of Kafka.” — Diego Báez, Booklist
“Satire with a bite that leaves a mark, deftly accomplished fiction about the world of money and art, book lovers and writers, philanthropists and misanthropes. Once word about this entertaining new novel gets around Washington, he’ll never eat lunch in that town again.”
—Alan Cheuse, author and book critic for NPR’s All Things Considered
From the judge’s citation:
“The prose in Nonprofit is cut with a sharp tool from stone, words and sentences fitting together just right, with nothing seeming to be wasted or out of place. The dry, bleak wit, unrelenting and consistently funny, reminds me more than a little of Helen DeWitt. And, like A.M. Homes, the writer has the amazing ability to generate and sustain forward narrative velocity almost completely from the twin engines of dim hope and awful dread—this sense of rolling forward toward disaster. Above all, though, it’s the writer’s tone that really floored me. A number of different formal devices and modes are used, always to great effect, and throughout, the novel never loses its nuanced, dark and funny tone, all of which is tempered by a small kernel of warmth, love, and buried optimism at the core of the story. For any novel to have such a dense, layered tone throughout is impressive.”
—Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Matt Burriesci is the author of Dead White Guys: A Father, his Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World (Viva Editions, 2015), and his stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. He has served as Executive Director for both the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.