Press and Praise for LOT BOY


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Review and feature story about the author in Triad City Beat

Review at The Small Press Book Review

Self-Interview and Excerpt at The Nervous Breakdown

Review at Novel Enthusiasts

Included in a nice article about the automobile in literature at The Millions

Book Notes piece over at Largehearted Boy

Review at Monkeybicycle

Review at Foreword Reviews

Review at The Literary Review

Advanced Praise for LOT BOY

“Greg Shemkovitz’s Lot Boy shines a relentless spotlight on what we keep trying to understand–father-son relationships, the elusive American Dream, how to escape Sisyphean tasks.  This is a first-rate page-turner, written by a man who grasps the plight of blue collar workers.  I recommend it highly.”

—George Singleton, Between Wrecks

“Greg Shemkovitz’s rust belt noir is a gritty, vulgar, hilarious example of why you should never turn your back on a mechanic. Lot Boy does for Buffalo what Donald Ray Pollock has done for Ohio. Best of all, it’s accomplished by a Pynchonionally large cast of untrustable characters with grease under their nails and surprises in their hearts.”

—Patrick Wensink, Bestselling Author of Broken Piano for President

“If Eddie Lanning knows what’s good for him he’ll start to behave himself. Then, maybe, he’ll get a piece of the family Ford dealership. But don’t count on it in this funny, antic, swift-moving novel about independence, the call of the road and learning the hard way. Lot Boy is a terrific debut by a writer with talent to burn.”

—Porter Shreve, The End of the Book

“Shemkovitz has delivered a darkly funny and oddly affecting portrait of life along the Rust Belt. If most debut novels are Corollas, Lot Boy is most definitely a Camaro.”

—Ravi Mangla, Understudies

“Eddie Lanning, small-time schemer and big-time screwup, is a ‘lot boy’ at his father’s Ford dealership in Upstate New York.  Yet in the talented hands of Greg Shemkovitz, Eddie becomes something much larger–the proverbial Everyman of the automotive world, a Leopold Bloom of vehicular parts, who disarms us with his hard-edged humor. In Lot Boy, Shemkovitz serves up a sharply-rendered and highly entertaining take on the traditional narrative of working stiffs trapped in lives of limited promise.  In short, Shemkovitz does for Buffalo what William Kennedy once did for Albany, and he does so with verve and charm and a gifted eye for the details of the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.  A darn fine read.”

—Jacob M. Appel, The Biology of Luck and The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up