JP Gritton received his MFA from John Hopkins University and is currently a Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellow at the University of Houston. His awards include a DisQuiet fellowship and the Donald Barthelme prize in fiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, Tin House, and elsewhere.
From its first assured sentence to its last, Wyoming marks the debut of a gifted story-teller. This is a compassionate novel, for all its violence and despair, an authentic, pitch-perfect portrait of America too often caricatured or ignored. There are hard truths here, grit and cruelty, but JP Gritton’s fine prose is nuanced enough, generous enough, to keep his troubled narrator’s humanity, his beating heart, apparent at every turn.
J.P. Gritton’s Wyoming is a taut, headlong novel about friendship, brotherhood, and bad decisions–what a man might do for a chance at a different life, and who he might be willing to hurt. Shelley Cooper is a blue-collar antihero, flawed but compelling, in the tradition of David Woodrell or Donald Ray Pollack. When trouble beckons, he just can’t help himself, and you can’t help but root for him, even as he leaves a trail of wreckage in his wake.
—Justin St. Germaine, author of Son of a Gun