Praise for Mike Heppner . . .
"Heppner is a fearsome cultural critic disguised in a novelist's clothing."
- Entertainment Weekly
"[Heppner] is a young master of this old art, we should be happy to see him arrive so splendidly."
- The Washington Post
"Mike Heppner could well be the only novelist working in the postmodern style who consciously strives for accessibility and comparative ease of understanding."
- Peter Quinones, The Bohemian Aesthetic
"Mike Heppner [is] surely one of the most interesting young writers out there."
- Gary Fisketjon, interviewed in Slushpile
"A work of striking independence... Our pleasure in the novel comes from Heppner's astonishing formal inventiveness, his consistent metaphoric resourcefulness, his love of words and syntax, his superb ear for voice and dialogue, and his wonderful sense of humor. Heppner makes literary invention the real hero."
- Arizona Daily Star
"In this impressive debut novel, Heppner tackles his complex subject with a sure hand, creating a story that heartbreakingly displays the eternal frailties of human nature."
"A hugely rewarding barn burner for the Internet age."
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This debut novel marries the threat of rogue technology with the notion of generational legacy."
- The New York Times Book Review
"The most impressive literary debut since Pynchon's V. Mike Heppner is an astonishing writer, and The Egg Code plants him in the middle of our town square, eyes blazing, hands in motion, brain spinning and his mouth going a mile a minute, delivering one brilliant home truth after another."
- Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story and
"The best book of the year... Heppner is a bold, uncompromising author capable of negotiating the literary chasm between technological mumbo-jumbo and real emotional depth."
- Philadelphia City Paper
"An undeniably entertaining read."
- Madison Capital Times
"The Internet, blind faith in the Web, and a good-sized chunk of American culture take a hammering in this ambitious debut. Heppner has bitten off more than he can chew, but so did Dickens and Balzac, so a little patience is in order. [The] true gravity comes from the author's old-fashioned grasp of his characters. A wild ride... too much fun."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Part conspiracy opus, part bleakly absurdist humor, this novel is an acute diagnosis of our age."
"[A] bumptiously clever debut. Heppner resembles the movie director Paul Thomas Anderson more than he resembles any fellow writer--like Anderson's Magnolia, this novel operates on multiple levels, alternating among an evidently empathetic intelligence, an uncommon comic brio and outrageously sophomoric symbolism."
- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Brims with fun... The kind of Waugh-like breezy black humor that cloaks a biting satire."
"Heppner's prose is ax sharp, and he fells a great many American demons in putting forth his haunting and redemptive vision of New England's past and present."
- Publishers Weekly
"Pike's Folly is all about subtlety, both in what the story explores and in how Heppner lampoons that... Subtle, humane--and therefore true."
- Detroit Free Press
"Sparkles with wit, poignancy and humor."
- The Temple News
"An endearing look at life fully (or in this case overly) examined... In Pike's Folly, [Heppner] takes a ruthless but humorous look at the demoralization of an already imperfect world."
"Pike's Folly is clever, funny, endearing and well written... A Faulknerian tour de force."
- Neil Peart, author of Road Show
"Heppner tells the hilarious and provocative story of how wealth, greed, passion, and oddball behavior bring happiness to folks who may or may not deserve it. At times this is a scathing indictment of the rich and infamous, with Heppner skewering age-spotted, phony philanthropists and their spoiled and useless offspring, as well as the frothing protesters and nervous activists who insist they know what is best for everyone else. Mostly, however, this is just plain funny and irreverent."
- The Times Record
"Funny, forgiving, savage, kind and merciless, Heppner's view encompasses the idea that we can escape more of our past than we deserve, given enough time. A talented writer with a clear sense of the ridiculous and how seriously we take ourselves, Heppner is a writer who grows with each book."
- The Portsmouth Herald
The Man Talking Project ...
"Never in my experience of our literature have I heard a more powerful, awful, funny, and dreadful parental voice discouraging the son from thinking he has a grain of talent—and that's only the first part of this disturbingly, brilliantly thoughtful deconstruction of how we live now; yet also in its four-part, excruciatingly frank package, how one might make a book and a writer's effort to sell it. Mike Heppner's accomplishment goes beyond his first two Knopf novels into the new and challenged no-man's and everyone's land of American publishing. A brave achievement."
- Joseph McElroy, author of Women and Men,
and Actress In The House
"The most interesting work of new fiction I've read this year... Word for word, sentence for sentence, these novellas come closer to rendering what it's like to live right now than most anything else out there."
- The Millions
"...a brilliant piece of writing... innovative, interesting and absorbing..."
- Clare Dudman, author of 98 Reasons for Being
"Without being heavy-handed, Heppner poignantly handles the hypocritical, dubious, and self-serving way that adults often address children. (He) artfully frames the reader's perception and interpretation and then reverses and complicates them both without breaking the flow of the narrative, making (Talking Man) rich and complex, keeping the reader thinking about the story long after the last line. Heppner weaves a kaleidoscopic narrative of varying voices, mirroring perfectly the complex dynamic that connects each person within the inextricable tangle of family and human relationships."
- The Chapbook Review
"Seemingly taking cues from the earlier works of Bret Easton Ellis, Heppner's tale alternates seamlessly between hypnotically mundane and fever-induced nightmare... a fascinating (if somewhat depressing) work... (the character of) Billy may be the type who can't write, and thus, as the saying goes, teaches, but Heppner is clearly the type who can, and does—beautifully."
- Thin Reads (highest rating)
"In Nada, a fever dream of a story, Mike Heppner writes with both humor and a no-holds-barred authority about one crazy, booze- and drugs-fueled night in lower Manhattan. It's a fantastic, utterly compelling read; I dare you to put it down."
- Mako Yoshikawa, author of One Hundred and One Ways and Once Removed
This Can Be Easy or Hard...
"Heppner does a very rare thing – he captures delicate human moments without being precious. Floating like dust in afternoon sunlight, his scenes are illuminated bits of life made strangely beautiful and poignant by his storytelling. Bound together by self-effacing humor, his work is deeply-affecting and well-observed. This collection of short stories murders everything but the undeniable throb of life and love." —Zaron Burnett III, author of How Do I Survive This Sh*t? and Love, Sex and Other Things You Might Find at the Airport
We Came All This Way...
"Heppner has an excellent ear for sly, revealing dialogue... His characters are sharply individual and well-delineated. Rosie's account of her life—a string of bad decisions that she doubles down on—is engrossing and well-told... (and) the narrative voice is articulately intelligent and observant... Well-written and intriguing."
- Kirkus Reviews
"One hell of a good book! Funny and sad—and fiercely original—with a raucous cast of characters who are both flawed and yet perfectly rendered."
- Will Ferguson, author of 419