A new novel, out September 2019 from Tortoise Books!
Tyrone has a problem. Several problems, in fact: a girlfriend who sleeps around, a boss he’s sleeping with, and various types of guilt (Catholic, Jewish, White) he can’t live without. Plus, there’s his deceased mother, his pill-popping father (who does at least share the good ones), the death metal guitarist who lives in his father’s attic and shreds into the wee morning hours, and the poorly-performing coworker who’s obsessed with the 200 lost movies that Robert De Niro may or may not have filmed between 1974 and 1976. Follow Ty as he muddles through twenty-something life tangled up in Manhattan and Queens, good sex and bad drugs, and the relative merits of Antonioni and Superman II.
“Jenny in Corona is by turns hilarious and devastating and profound. Stuart Ross has one of the strangest minds I’ve ever encountered; I say this not as a warning but as an enthusiastic endorsement.”
—Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers
“There’s something wonderful about the way Stuart Ross sees the world and the way he translates that over into this book filled with confused people in confusing times. Jenny in Corona takes the mundane and twists it into something that is funny, bittersweet, and undeniably brilliant. He’s given us the modern bildungsroman that we need as much as we deserve.”
—Jason Diamond, author of Searching for John Hughes
“Stuart Ross is a natural, as very few novelists are: Jenny in Corona comes trippingly off the page, with a lightness of touch and wicked charm to spare. You can’t not love his every deluded character—because he loves them so well himself. Alive inside forgotten time or some fugitive place, this is a tender farewell to the wreck of the 20th century. ”
—Miles Klee, author of Ivyland and True False
“Jenny in Corona is a runaway ride on the R train, fueled by sentences like triple shots of espresso. This novel is an extra-long Tom Waits song, a day at the Stadium, a 3 A.M. breakfast in a diner. Stuart Ross knows outer-borough New York in all its glory: its hustlers, poets, Wall Street wannabes, sweet strivers. I’m homesick and smitten.”
—Valerie Sayers, author of The Powers
“This saga about Ty, a beyond-alienated business consultant and artisanal builder of doomed relationships, feels written by Joshua Ferris’s even more mischievous brother. Each and every sentence is wonderful, full of hairpin turns, city fresh details, and insight. ‘Never forget that Americans invented cheerleading,’ Ty warns us. I’ll not forget this book. Irreverent, scathingly funny, and emotionally piercing, Jenny in Corona is a resplendent debut.”
—Andy Mozina, author of Contrary Motion and Quality Snacks
“If you’ve ever doubted whether our contemporary discourse (much less predicament) could inspire truly stirring music, then Stuart Ross has a filibuster for you. Throughout Jenny in Corona, his prose evokes a dizzying assortment of past American masters of the sublimely vulgar, from Stanley Elkin to Joy Williams to Bret Easton Ellis to Ishmael Reed, all while carrying its own unmistakable tune with disarmingly perfect pitch. Call it the comic novel of now that we don’t deserve — but with whose satiric insights we’ve been graced nevertheless.”
— Joe Milazzo, author of Crepuscule W/ Nellie
Stuart’s writing has appeared in Bull, Diagram, Eclectica, Gaper’s Block, HTML Giant, Necessary Fiction, Pioneertown., The Awl, The Fanzine, The Good Men Project, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and other places.
Stuart graduated from Queens College, City University of New York and the Creative Writing program at the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood with his wife Betsy and their son, Leonard.
I See Him – short fiction about a woman with two more chances.
Seen too much – an essay about seeing Julius Caesar at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, written aboard the Amtrak Blue Water. Ander Monson picked this essay as first place winner in the 2013 SLS Contest, which won Stuart a trip to Vilnius, Lithuania.
Jazz Speak with Mike Reed – a conversation with jazz musician Mike Reed.
Destroyer inspires at Old Town School – a concert review inspired by Dan Bejar’s solo show.
A Conversation with Julia Klein – an interview with the founder and editor of Soberscove Press.
A Chat with Hospitality – an interview with the Brooklyn-based indie-rock trio.
Amy Schumer Jazzes up Constellation – a comic walks into a free jazz club…
The Good Men Project
Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011 of Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee – a book review.
Memories of Underdevelopment – an essay on the Cuban novel and film.
New Tab – book review of Gulliamme Morisette’s novel.
Three on a Spit – short fiction about three lovers who meet up in New York City for one last fling.
A Soviet Communion – a short essay on one of Stuart’s Lithuania/n experiences. An Editor’s Pick.
Crepuscule W/ Nellie – a book review of Joe Milazzo’s novel.
Martial Plans – short fiction about killing your wife and having to settle for killing her dog.
Formation 100 – blocking and tackling.
The Stockholm Review of Literature
On the sleeve at your local Starbucks – a poem for people who order tall blondes and then mutter to themselves, “if she’ll have me.”
Homie and the Wolf – short fiction about lovers grown apart.
Are we ever going to see Spring Breakers this weekend – a short play inspired by the long film.
Did you eat the bones? – this piece explores how a vegetarian experiences a Kentucky Fried Chicken (NYSE: YUM $40B) Twitter (Nasdaq: TWTR $24B) advertisement.
Pret a Manger Plastic Death Fugue – a dystopian vision of everyday life at the elegant fast-casual chain.
Vol. 1 Brooklyn
What’s a Travel Essay? – this piece is about a drive from Montreal to Burlington with Stuart’s friend Chris.
Windy City Rock
Beach Fossils at Subterranean – a concert review of the indie-rock band’s show.
An interview with Dirty Beaches – Q&A with the Berlin-based electronic musician.
Dinosaur Bones Q&A – an interview with indie-rockers from Toronto.