Elliot Reed

Elliot Reed received his MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville and is currently living in Spokane, Washington.


  • “Crisp and lyrical, emotionally assured, delightfully inventive—Reed has made a marvelous debut.”


  • “Dark yet uplifting . . . This novel’s true joy may be the wonder it radiates about a world as beautiful as it is cruel. See ‘OVERCOME BY EMOTION.'”


  • “Inventive, illuminating . . . Reed offers an impressionistic and profound exploration of self and consciousness.”

    Publisher's Weekly

  • “Huckleberry Finn advanced out of antebellum doldrums into the poetic modern perverse, with the same charm. Subtle, daring, brilliant.”

    —Padgett Powell

  • A Key To Treehouse Living’s precocious autodidact manages his abandonment at the world’s hands by remembering that courage might be the ability to not think too long about the worst that can happen. A moving and funny and impressive debut.”

    —Jim Shepard

  • “Powered in part by longing and a need to make odd associations add up, this very appealing novel employs jelly beans and gypsies, tree forts and rafts, and a character known as El Hondero to trace the odd conjuring that this narrator brings us in on. A memorable debut.”

    —Amy Hempel

  • A Key to Treehouse Living—it’s terrific, funny, poignant and just weird enough, transcends that great form. I ate it up.”

    —Jess Walter

  • “William Tyce is a narrator as compelling as Mark Haddon’s Christopher John Francis Boone and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Oskar Schell.”

    —Gavriel Savit