Furuness, Bryan


Bryan Furuness's fiction has been anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading and New Stories from the Midwest. He has been published in Glimmer Train, Ninth Letter, and Southeast Review

A Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, he holds an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and teaches creative writing at Butler University and the Writers' Center of Indiana. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two sons. 

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FORTHCOMING: The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, Dzanc Books/Black Lawrence Press (Fiction)

Early Praise:

Opening of novel named Winner of Midwest Short Fiction Contest 

“Years ago I read a short story that burrowed in so deeply I had to track down the author—one Bryan Furuness—and proceed to beg and bully him to write a novel. At last, here it is—as beautiful and hilarious, as crushingly tender and brutally hopeful as I'd ever hoped for. I cannot recall the last time I read a novel that made me bark with laughter and then break into tears. What can I say? I love these characters, this world, this wonderful, wonderful, wonderful (breathlessly awaited) debut!” -- Julianna Baggott, author of Pure

“Revie Bryson is the best company anyone has found in a long time.  Mouthy, smart, and mercilessly funny, he narrates his story with subversive cheekiness, making both our hearts and our sides ache.  Bryan Furuness writes with deft elegance, never missing a step, and the world he creates practically vibrates, holding together so much rich, exuberant life.  The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson is the best debut novel to appear in years, and once readers have met Revie, they'll never want to let him go.” -- Erin McGraw, author of The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard and The Good Life 

“This is a wonderful story; laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, and wise, it is among the most engaging pieces of short fiction that I’ve read in ages, displaying true wit, great tenderness, and an all-American voice that seems both authentic and guileless, even as it subtly skewers that peculiar made-in-America brand of religious fervor. From the off-hand poetry of its prose (“When my father met my mother, he was a twenty-two-year-old country club pro with a swing as strong and beautiful as the high note in the National Anthem”) to the hilarious dialogue, to the weirdly credible illogic of an aspiring young prophet, The Lost Episodes reveals the dangerous psychology undergirding that terribly American longing to be exceptional and salvific.” -- E.J. Levy, author of Amazons: A Love Story and My Life in Theory

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