Wichita by Thad Ziolkowski


7 Critic Reviews

Solidly captivating, and subtly twisted.
-Publishers Weekly


Lewis Chopik has just graduated from Columbia University. Having been dumped by his girlfriend and in flight from the pressures exerted by his ambitious professor father, Lewis returns to Wichita in search of respite at the home of his New-Ager mother, Abby. But when Abby picks Lewis up from the airport, she reveals that she’s starting a storm-chasing business and indulging a polyamorous lifestyle. Another unexpected arrival is Seth, Lewis’s bi-polar younger brother, who shows off a new tattoo on his chest: In Loving Memory of Seth Chopik.

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About the AuthorThad Ziolkowski's poetry has appeared in Sulfur, Mandorla, O-blek, Lingo, and Talisman, among other journals. His work was included in An Anthology of (American) Poets (Talisman Books, 1998) and Writing from the New Coast (O-blek Editions, 1993). His chapbooks include Dream Works (Bill Maynes Books, 1996) and Terminal B (Fractional Currency, 1990). He was a staff reviewer for Artforum Magazine for almost a decade, and his non-fiction has appeared in Slate, Bookforum, Index, Travel & Leisure, and The Village Voice. An account of his surfer boyhood in Melbourne Beach, Florida, On a Wave was published in 2002 by Grove/Atlantic and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003.
Published April 24, 2012 by Europa Editions. 258 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Wichita
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Reviewed by Natalie Bakopoulos on May 18 2012

“Wichita” is a novel about expectations and outcomes, about what is open and what is veiled. Its emotional terrain is touching and vast.

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Publishers Weekly

Mar 19 2012

Solidly captivating, and subtly twisted.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Bigby

There are some minor inaccuracies in the novel, and as a lifelong Wichitan I feel the need, even if petty, to point them out.

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Reviewed by Abbe Wright on May 07 2012

What ties this book together, however, is Ziolkowski's honest and raw look at brotherhood and what it means to rediscover your family.

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Pank Magazine

Reviewed by Sara Lippmann on Jun 28 2012

Wichita will leave you laughing and aching and more; it will never quite leave you.

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DBC Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Kevin Morris on May 10 2012

Thad Ziolkowski’s debut novel Wichita is a bit of a slow read.

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Muse at Highway Speeds

Reviewed by Anna Perleberg on Apr 24 2012

Seth's character is amazing: funny, dangerous, heartbreaking, smart enough--as many mentally ill folk are--to realize his own madness and his helplessness before it, which leads him to rage and despair by turns.

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