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So, there it is. That large thing up in the left corner there. My book. I think it’s a good read, but you shouldn’t take any writer’s word on his or her own book…instead, scroll down to read what actual smart people have to say. You can also watch me read on Almanac.

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Scott Muskin’s books on Goodreads

The Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama's Boy and ScholarThe Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama’s Boy and Scholar

reviews: 4
ratings: 21 (avg rating 4.75)



Press Snippets

“This picaresque novel is a joy to read. Strong, believable characters run the gamut of emotions from sheer happiness to utter depression. Surprisingly, Muskin pulls off a tragic ending that leaves you with a smile.”     “Extremely well written book that holds its ‘attitude’ throughout, without making us sick of it… Outstanding dialogue with well-placed narration and reflection by the first person narrator, Hank….We see him for more than the rest of the world sees him, and we are pulling for him.”     “Smart, witty, and lively writing…. The use of humor stands in contrast to the loneliness and suffering…”

Judges of the 2010 Minnesota Book Awards, Novel and Short Story Category

That's where the delight in Muskin's writing lies, in the lightning-quick shift from micro to macro and back again....You'll see yourself, and your loved ones, in his near pitch-perfect characters."

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Review by Emily Carter, Feb. 8, 2009. Read the full piece here.

Excellent.... A tender/delightful funny/startling debut.... Put 'Annunciations' at the top of your winter list. You won't be sorry."

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Review by Mary Ann Grossmann Feb. 8, 2009. Read the full piece here.

Author Scott Muskin has poured a universe into his first novel, which swells with literary digressions, familial flashbacks, in-jokes, dark humor, and the treasured absurdities or everyday life....There is plenty of humor in the pathos, though, and a taste of joy cuts through all the betrayals and failures as Hank, the careless mama's boy, is forced to grow up."

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Review by Sarah Askari, February 2009. Read the whole piece here.

By the end of the novel, though, author Scott Muskin puts us thoroughly on Hanks side, and not just because of the drastic changes that render him pitiful. Hank earns compassion by being utterly, recognizably human....Scott Muskin is a very smart writer; each page is packed with literary, cultural, and historical references. Clichs are stood on their heads, metaphors barely kept from bleeding into each other. While his approach isnt inviting, it is truly compelling; Muskin's skillful narrative gradually unfolds into touching, surprising observations on how we relate to each other and to the cruelty and beauty of our world."

Review by Andi Diehn in ForeWord magazine, August, 2009. Read the entire review here.

It takes a writer as unusually gifted as Muskin to naturally and successfully steer an intelligently light-hearted novel into the darker, more tragic territory - this is whiplash poignancy at its best, folks. Annunciations is not a page-turner (at least until the final act); it's a book you want to stew in and appreciate, a book you need to put down occasionally just to digest what you've read. It's an extraordinary novel, and Muskin is an extraordinary novelist.

—Pajiba.com review by Dustin Rowles, Feb. 24, 2009. Read the full piece here.

A witty, poignant exploration....Hank's stumbling, guilt-ridden, identity crisis initiation into adulthood rings true. Especially resonant is his strained relationship with his father and brother, who represent aspects of himself and his past he’d rather forget."

—Omaha Reader review, April 23 by Leo Biga. Read it here.

"The Annunciations" is a vibrant, unruly stew of a book. Part slacker comedy and part Cain-and-Abel tragedy, it simmers, and ultimately boils over, with the long list of appropriations — cultural, familial, marital, extra-marital — the narrator makes in order to construct a self he can live with. Hank Meyerson is simultaneously insightful and clueless, lovable and despicable, righteous, unrighteous and self-righteous, in the myriad ways only the best drawn characters in fiction are.

—Tony Earley, author of The Blue Star, Jim the Boy, and Somehow Form a Family and final judge for The Parthenon Prize for Fiction 2007

Scott Muskin's work is rich in character and language and emotion, combining intimate psychological detail with complex family and romantic interactions. Like Jonathan Franzen and Philip Roth, he wields both a magnifying glass and a telescope with equal skill—and with humor, intelligence, sympathy and the rarest insight. Highly recommended.

—Julie Schumacher, author most recently of Black Box, and also the highly acclaimed The Body Is Water and An Explanation for Chaos

Scott Muskin is a young writer to watch out for. His new novel, The Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama's Boy and Scholar, lives up to the promise of his excellent short stories. The novel is witty, original, provocative and compassionate. Muskin has a finely tuned sense of character and rich, complex appreciation of setting. The Annunciations is sharp, nimble and emotionally nuanced. Muskin wakes readers up and his work keeps our minds buzzing long after we've put down the book.

—Valerie Miner, professor and artist-in-residence at Stanford University and award-winning author of 13 books

Hank Meyerson isn’t the whiny sort of mama’s boy. He’s more the wry, shaggy, chubby sort—an over-thinker, a ranter, and sometimes a crier. He adores Emily Dickinson. He kibitzes. He has the audacity to fall in love with his sister-in-law.

Repercussions of a tryst kick-start a story of love, loss, and, ultimately, redemption. Traversing from Minneapolis to Montana to the fateful shallows of the St. Croix River, Hank’s story waltzes toward tragedy with dazzling wit, affecting insight, and raw ruminations on everything from duck jokes and the toy industry to art, atonement, and our great human frailty.

Inaugural winner of the Parthenon Prize for Fiction, The Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama’s Boy and Scholar establishes Scott Muskin as a truly original and exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

—Jacket copy.