For five years, I lived in the Middle East. Now I live in Los Angeles, where I teach writing at UCLA. My first book is called Friday Was the Bomb, and it was named a Best Book of the Month by Amazon.
NEWS ABOUT FRIDAY WAS THE BOMB
> Hear the NPR interview on All Things Considered
> Amazon names Friday Was the Bomb a Best Book of the Month for May, and on the Amazon books blog, Kevin Nguyen writes: “As much as Friday is about living in the Middle East, it’s also a moving autobiographical tale of isolation and fatherhood. Here, Deuel has penned a book about fragility with the robustness of an empathetic essayist and the careful eye of a seasoned journalist.”
> Ignoring its many flaws, Los Angeles Review of Books calls Friday "an intimate portrait" by "a keen observer" who "masterfully captures the subtlety of life."
> Library Journal calls Friday "[b]eautifully written...not a journalist’s accounting of conflict but a moving contemplation of life in the face of grief and fears."
> Flavorwire calls it "one of the most fascinating accounts we’ve read of an American in the Middle East."
> Buy the book on Amazon, or better yet, call your local bookstore
> Read excerpts at Longreads, Gawker, Vice, and The Nervous Breakdown, a self-interview at TNB, a click-bait masterpiece at HuffPo, and a Lives piece at The New York Times Magazine
> Forthcoming excerpts or companion pieces from Large-Hearted Boy, Brown Alumni Magazine, Massachusetts Review, and more
> Interviews with The Los Angeles Times, NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, The Times-Picayune, The Rumpus (with original drawings!), Amazon.com, The Writer's Job, Heavy Feather Review, and more
> Reviews from Library Journal, Kirkus, Monkeybicycle, American Book Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more
APRIL 12 - CityLit, Baltimore
MAY 13 - Skylight Books, Los Angeles
MAY 14 - Green Apple Books, San Francisco
JUNE 1 - Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans
JUNE 2 - Design and Architecture Senior High graduation, Miami
JUNE 3 - Books & Books, Miami
JUNE 7 - Elliot Bay Bookstore, Seattle
JUNE 9 - Powell's Books, Portland
JUNE 19 - Book Soup, Los Angeles
JUNE 25 - Guerilla Lit at Jimmy's No 43, New York
JUNE 26 - Word, Brooklyn
JUL 29 - Collected Works, Sante Fe
AUGUST 17 - VFW, Petersburg, Illinois
"Nathan Deuel is alive to the myriad contradictions of being a sentient being at this moment in history—the painful, necessary awareness that one's presence carries an entire empire in its shadow. Friday Was the Bomb is about the tension between how much we want and how small we are—some will make war, the world will makes storm, and the rest of us will try to hold onto some fragile connection with each other. This is a book for the rest of us." —Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
"In these flares of imagery and reportage, of introspection and observation, Nathan Deuel pulls off the considerable feat of looking both inward and outward at once. Friday Was the Bomb gives you an unforgettably and, at times, almost intolerably vivid sense of what age-old troubles like grief, politics, and love feel like at the fragile outset of the 21st century." — Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision and Utopia or Bust
I am also a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Review of Books and have written essays, fiction, and criticism for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, GQ, The New York Times, The New Republic, Financial Times, and The Paris Review, among others.
In 2013, I was named first runner-up in Ploughshares' annual Emerging Writer contest. For Dzanc's 2013-2014 Nonfiction Award, I will be serving as final judge. A long time ago, I was a student at Deep Springs College. I graduated with an MFA from the University of Tampa's Low Residency Program.
If you want to do some reading,
> Here's my piece that Longreads featured
> Here's the one Longform featured
> Here are a few of my favorites
> Here are a few recent pieces