Tod Wodicka

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Tod Wodicka (born May 30, 1976) is an American author who grew up in Queensbury, New York, and lived for twenty years in Europe, including Manchester, England; Prague; Moscow; and Berlin. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

He graduated from the University of Manchester in the UK.

Work[edit]

Novels[edit]

All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well[edit]

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.[1][2] The novel was short-listed for the 2008 Believer Book Award.[3] The novel was published by Pantheon Books (US) and Jonathan Cape (UK); and Vintage Books paperback (US & UK).

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.[4][5]

The Household Spirit[edit]

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.

Other Work[edit]

Tod Wodicka's essays, criticism and fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, Tank (magazine), New Statesman, South as a State of Mind, AnOther Magazine, The National, 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. He has been a resident at Yaddo; a literary fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany; and a writer in residence at Het beschrijf at Passa Porta in Belgium.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Wodicka, Tod (2008). All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0-375-42473-1. OCLC 124165798. 
  • Wodicka, Tod (2015). The Household Spirit. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0307377050. 

External links[edit]

Selected Essays


Radio


Interviews


Reviews of All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well


Reviews of The Household Spirit
  • The New Yorker
  • The Independent (Wodicka uses two characters’ incompatibility to his advantage, creating a dialogue of disorientation and a plot which slips seamlessly between points of view.)
  • Kirkus Reviews (Starred: Wodicka’s fluid, expressive prose—dotted with quotable observations often as odd as his players—serves well his weaving of such a convincing, unexpected story from eccentricity, pain, and need.)
  • The Sunday Times
  • Financial Times

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.randomhouse.com/author/results.pperl?authorid=73836
  2. ^ http://www.tiborjones.com/author_tod_wodicka.html
  3. ^ http://www.believermag.com/issues/200902/?read=believer_book_awards
  4. ^ Janet Maslin (24 January 2008). "Mead-Drinking, Gruel-Eating, Sandal-Wearing, Reality-Fleeing Family Guy". New York Times. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.believermag.com/issues/200902/?read=believer_book_awards