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Tyler Mcmahon

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in Washington, DC, The United States


Denis Johnson, Mark Richard, Russell Banks, John Steinbeck

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Tyler McMahon was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. He studied English at the University of Virginia and received an MFA in fiction writing from Boise State University.
He's the author of the novels How the Mistakes Were Made (2011) and Kilometer 99 (2014).
He lives in Honolulu with his wife, food writer Dabney Gough. Tyler teaches classes in Writing and Literature in the English Department at Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Average rating: 3.84 · 385 ratings · 92 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
How the Mistakes Were Made

3.84 avg rating — 297 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Kilometer 99: A Novel

3.88 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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3.61 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
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Four very different lives intersect in post-Katrina New Orleans. Blackwell weaves a compelling, layered story around stolen art, kinky sex, and unsolved murder. At its core, The Lower Quarter is a powerful and resonant study on the act of starting ov ...more
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Joshua Mohr is among the great novelists of our era, and All This Life is his best yet. Told with Mohr's trademark wit and frantic pace, it's a multiple-narrator treatise on technology, privacy, and loss. This swirling, breathless story straddles big ...more
Kilometer 99 by Tyler Mcmahon
"Kilometer 99 is a very intriguing, hold your breath kind of story. We meet Malia who is in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. She is an engineer and has the project of her dreams. She feels she has a real shot at helping this town. She has a boyfrien..." Read more of this review »
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SILENT GIRLS is a beautifully written literary thriller. Rath is a hard-boiled detective of the old-school variety--doubly grizzled by the rugged New England landscape. It's a dark, page-turning, unsettling, up-all-night story by a great novelist.
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This is a great novel, that plays with the medical thriller genre and takes it to a whole new level. Check out my interview with the author here:

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Father Junipero's Confessor by Nick Taylor
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This is wonderful novel. Beautifully written, absolutely compelling. To read Father Junípero's Confessor is to be transported to an oft-ignored but vital part of American history.
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“It's not hard to confuse love and hate.”
Tyler Mcmahon, How the Mistakes Were Made
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“The mass hallucination of the twentieth century is this: that all these national governments, which each year kill or threaten way more humans than they protect, and take a big chunk of your income to do so, are for some reason a great idea, an inevitable force of fucking nature.”
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“I was seeing the world, and it turned out to be a lonely place.”
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“Sometimes I heard voices muttering in my head, and a lot of the time the world seemed to smolder around its edges. but I was in a little better physical shape every day, I was getting my looks back, and my spirits were rising, and this was all in all a happy time for me. All these weirdos, and me getting a little better right in the midst of them. I had never known, never even imagined for a heartbeat, that there might be a place for people like us.”
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“I have never been able to understand the complaint that a story is "depressing" because of its subject matter. What depresses me are stories that don't seem to know these things go on, or hide them in resolute chipperness; "witty stories," in which every problem is the occasion for a joke; "upbeat" stories that flog you with transcendence. Please. We're grown ups now.”
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