Tod Wodicka (born May 30, 1976) is an American author who grew up in Queensbury, New York and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. He graduated from the University of Manchester in the UK. His critically acclaimed first novel, All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well has been translated into German, Spanish and Dutch. The novel was short-listed for the 2008 Believer Book Award.
All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well tells the story of Burt Hecker, a medieval re-enactor from upstate New York who travels to Prague to find his estranged son Tristan. The book is a darkly comic story about Burt's devotion to another time and his doomed attempts at coming to terms with his own history.
His second novel, The Household Spirit, was published by Pantheon Books (US) and Jonathan Cape (UK) in June 2015. The Household Spirit is about the curious friendship between Howie Jeffries, a shy, 50-year-old recluse and Emily Phane, an irreverent young woman who suffers from horrific sleep paralysis attacks. It takes place in Queens Falls, the same fictional upstate New York town Wodicka wrote about in All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well. The novel was awarded a Kirkus Star and was critically acclaimed in The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Esquire Magazine, The Sunday Times, Artforum, Tank Magazine and The Independent.
Tod Wodicka's essays, criticism and fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Tank (magazine), New Statesman, South as a State of Mind, AnOther Magazine, The National, Granta, Art Papers, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3. He wrote the afterward to David Tibet of Current 93's art book, Some Gnostic Cartoons.
- Wodicka, Tod (2008). All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well. New ]]: Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0-375-42473-1. OCLC 124165798.
- Tod Wodicka (4 October 2012). "The Metaphoreign Body". Granta. (on almost dying from a pimple in a Czech hospital)
- Tod Wodicka (7 November 2011). "The Novel as a Big Fleshy Thing: Why Peter Nadas' Parallel Stories Has More Soul Than Your Dog". Untitled Books. (on Péter Nádas' novel Parallel Stories)
- Tod Wodicka (25 April 2009). "Papa, You're My Best Friend". The Guardian. (on being trapped in Germany, his young son and Brideshead Revisited)
- Tod Wodicka (14 July 2007). "Goodbye America". New Statesman. (on Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman novels)
- Tod Wodicka (14 July 2007). "Dad's New Best Friend". The Guardian. (on pirates, mustaches and discovering his father's homosexuality)
- Reviews of All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well
- Nicholas Lezard (28 June 2008). "Sympathy for the outsider" (book review). The Guardian.
(You could be forgiven for thinking Wodicka has made the Lemkos up. He hasn't.)
- Lichtig, Toby (26 July 2007). "Let's get medieval". New Statesman.
- "All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well". The New Yorker Books Briefly Noted. 28 January 2008.
- Janet Maslin (24 January 2008). "Mead-Drinking, Gruel-Eating, Sandal-Wearing, Reality-Fleeing Family Guy". New York Times.
- Janet Maslin (24 January 2008). "Mead-Drinking, Gruel-Eating, Sandal-Wearing, Reality-Fleeing Family Guy". New York Times. Retrieved 12 December 2009.