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- Name: Eric D. Goodman
- Location: Baltimore-DC Area
Author who writes for a living and lives for writing. // WOMB: a novel in utero (Merge Publishing 2017) // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) // FLIGHTLESS GOOSE, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) // www.EricDGoodman.com
Monday, March 27, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Past Writers LIVE authors have included Terry McMillan, Colson Whitehead, Roxane Gay, and Ron Tanner.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Advance Praise for Womb: a novel in utero
“An utterly unique look at the world from the most unlikely vantage point. In Womb, Goodman has created a humorous, thoughtful, unexpected narrator who is wise beyond his years.”
- Jennifer Miller, author of The Heart You Carry Home
“Eric D. Goodman has taken a strange and wonderful idea and turned it into the novel Womb, which is narrated winningly by the wisest fetus in literature.”
- Michael Kimball, author of Us, Big Ray, and Dear Everybody
“Wild, wacky and engagingly original, Womb will take you on a journey whose destination is nothing short of Life—with a capital L.”
- Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of The House On Primrose Pond
“There is real suspense in this brave book and more than one surprise. So, suspend your disbelief and let the lad talk.”
- Ron Tanner, author of Missile Paradise
“In Womb: a novel in utero, Eric D. Goodman explores the paradox between what we know innately about love and what we’ve forgotten in our attempts and mistakes to cherish each other. It is a tenderhearted story that’s laced with grace.”
- Jen Grow, author of My Life As A Mermaid
“Womb’s wise before his years narrator has a whole world to show us—our own—if only we, and his own struggling parents, can remember how to listen past the noise of our busy postnatal lives. He knows big things we’ve forgotten and he knows he’ll forget them soon, too, but this highly attuned, deeply inquisitive novel gives us a welcome chance to be reminded of what is always already there.”
- Steve Himmer, author of Scratch, Fram, and The Bee-Loud Glade
“Goodman's Womb is a witty, innovative look into inner space. Well written, with entertaining plot twists."
- Toby Devens, author of Barefoot Beach and Happy Any Day Now
“Eric D. Goodman's absorbing new novel, Womb, is about a high-risk pregnancy—in more ways than one—told from the fetus's point of view. The narrator is full of wisdom and goodwill, which we understand to be our birthright, but it's his father, Jack, whose character and courage burst from the pages like … well, like an infant from the womb. Eric D. Goodman is a talented storyteller.”
- Charles Rammelkamp, author of Mata Hari: Eye of the Day and
“It is amazing, what awaits in Eric D. Goodman's latest full-length fiction. Womb, an inventive and eye-opening novel-in-utero, is a cocktail of all human emotion, presented through the impressions and knowledge of the most internally omniscient and instinctual of narrators. Goodman bravely stakes out uncharted routes in his endearing and enduring account of life, both before and after birth. Fear, love, pain, desire, and longing drive the human minds and voices of this literary crossroads, and their unstoppable drive toward and from each other.”
- Katherine Cottle, author of Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy
“Leave it to Eric D. Goodman to have the imagination to narrate his latest risk-taking novel,Womb, in utero. The point of view here is not only inimitable and inventive in its fly-on-the-wall approach, but Goodman’s novel also brings the goods in scintillating prose. A truly tender, remarkable story. You won’t read another novel like Womb anywhere.”
- Nathan Leslie, author of Sibs, Madre, and The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice
“Eric D. Goodman’s Womb: a novel in utero is unique. In Goodman’s telling, the zygote—and later the embryo and still later the fetus—is blessed with the wisdom of the ages, which he fears he will lose upon birth. As he watches his parents and people around them cope with his existence, he worries about their life choices. He yearns to impart to them his wisdom and is determined that after birth he will remember everything he now knows. Written with sophistication and poetry, Womb surpasses Goodman’s earlier writing in the sheer beauty of the prose and the suspense that unnerves the unborn protagonist.”
- Tom Glenn, author of No-Accounts and Last of the Anamese
“The precocious prenatal narrator of Eric D. Goodman's novel, Womb, examines one of humanity's most common experiences—the nine-month drama of expecting parents—complete with its anxiety, joy, and adjustments. When a secret threatens to tear apart Jack and Penny, the arrival of this imaginative novel's in utero sage might be the ultimate solution.”
- Gregg Wilhelm, Founder Emeritus, CityLit Project
“Goodman rises to the challenge posed by the foetus’ limited perspective, relating a story of betrayal and domestic turmoil through the filter of the uterine wall.”
- Litro,United Kingdom’s largest print and online literary magazine
“An expansive meditation on stability and identity from a confined perspective.”
(In a review comparing Eric D. Goodman's Womb to Ian McEwan's Nutshell and Emma Donoghue's Room.)
- Library Journal
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
It's a Book! Womb is born
Today's the official due date for Womb: a novel in utero!
Discover the comfort of a warm womb for yourself. Order your copy today at www.EricDGoodman.com, www.Amazon.com, www.IndieBound.com, or at your local book store! If they don't have it, tell them they should and have them order a copy for you and a few for the shelves.
Learn more about Womb: a novel in utero and find out what others are saying about the novel today on it's release date at www.Facebook.com/Edgewriter and www.EricDGoodman.com/womb.html.
Feel free to leave our own comments about Womb on Facebook, Amazon, or Goodreads!
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Tom Glenn Makes the Front Page
Recently, Tom was featured in the Baltimore Sun and some of it's satellite newspapers. I was honored to be able to talk with the reporter about Tom and his work.
His latest work is Last of the Annamese, a beautiful hardcover released by Naval Institute Press. The wonderfully designed book and cover do justice to the equally wonderful work inside.
Here's what I wrote about the book when I first read it:
"With a storyline and prose that alternates between gentle and brutal, Tom Glenn’s The Last of the Annamese aches with empathy. The stark realities of love and war, loyalty and betrayal, and doing or accepting dishonorable things for honorable reasons are explored—filtered through a compassionate lens. Tom Glenn’s gripping novel will leave you pondering the main character’s question: Do all memories have to hurt?"
Check out the article about Tom and his book at the link below.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Toby Devens on Womb: Witty, Innovative Look into Inner Space
"Goodman's Womb is a witty, innovative look into inner space. Well written, with entertaining plot twists."
-- Toby Devens,
author of Barefoot Beach and Happy Any Day Now
Learn more about Toby and her writing at www.tobydevens.com.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
FREE Book for an Honest Review
Reviews at Amazon, GoodReads, and other places people go to find out what readers think can make a big difference in the success of a book, especially one published by a small press. Small presses produce great work that larger presses often ignore. Small presses take risks on work they feel are worthwhile, while most large publishers focus on the bottom dollar: is this a proven, sure think and will it make gobs of money.
Getting reviews helps the Davids get equal footing with the Goliaths.
That's why Merge Publishing is offering a free copy of my new book, Womb: a novel in utero, to anyone who is willing to read it and give an honest review and/or rating on Amazon, Goodreads, and any other venues.
Ideally, we'd like reviews to be posted during Womb Week, between March 21 and March 28. Having them online during the launch will be helpful. But a review anytime for a small press is appreciated.
The review can be just a few sentences, like a blurb, or longer, if desired. If you don't have time for a full review, even just a rating would be helpful. We're fond of stars, to the more the merrier.
Of course, even after you get your free book, if you'd like to support my writing and Merge's efforts, you're welcome to purchase additional copies as gifts for other readers on your lest. In fact, we encourage it!
But first and foremost, we're looking for a few good reviews. Uncle Merge wants YOU!
Here's where you can claim your free copy of Womb: a novel in utero in exchange for an honest review.
And, here's an example of one of the reviews we've received so far.
Claim your free copy of Womb: a novel in utero at https://www.instafreebie.com/free/1mSOZ
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Tom Glenn on Womb: Written with Sophistication and Poetry
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Jen Grow on Womb: Tenderhearted, Laced with Grace
"In Womb: a novel in utero, Eric D. Goodman explores the paradox between what we know innately about love and what we’ve forgotten in our attempts and mistakes to cherish each other. It is a tenderhearted story that’s laced with grace.
-- Jen Grow,
author of My Life As A Mermaid
Learn more about Jen and her writing at www.jengrow.com.