John Domini

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John Domini has won awards in all genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review and Ploughshares, and non-fiction in GQ and The New York Times, and elsewhere. The Times praised his early stories as "dreamlike… grabs hold of both reader and character," and Richard Ford called his ’07 novel, Earthquake I.D., "wonderful… a rich feast." In 2016, J.C. Hallman hailed his latest, MOVIEOLA!, as "a new shriek for a new century." A 2014 selection of criticism, The Sea-God's Herb, was termed "poetic" and "fascinating," in Publishers Weekly. Domini has won an NEA fellowship, taught at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and held visiting-artist positions in Italy.

Average rating: 4.24 · 165 ratings · 72 reviews · 17 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Tomb on the Periphery

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Earthquake I.D.

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The Color Inside a Melon

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Talking Heads: 77

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Bedlam: Short Stories

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Majenta Hello, John! Thank you for contacting me! I hope you are keeping safe and well and having a great week. Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta

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John Thanks a lot, Steven. Pleased to meet you.

Steven  Godin Thanks John, pleased to make your acquaintance. Fantastic you have received Praise from Richard Ford, one of America's finest.

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John Grazie, Stefania, amica!

Stefania stefania Ciao, felice di ritrovarti

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M Cher John,
Bonne et Heureuse Année 2010 !

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Ali Hi John!

Your website is amazing; very impressive what you have been able to achieve with your work!

CONGRATULATIONS on your success and the awards given to you for your work...you are admired!

Ali :)

Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend John! =)


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