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Craig Nova

Craig NovaCraig Nova is the award-winning author of twelve novels, including The Congressman's Daughter and The Good Son, and one autobiography.

Nova's writing has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Men's Journal, among others. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2005 he was named Class of 1949 Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

"Craig Nova is a fine writer, one of our best," writes Jonathan Yardley, book critic for the Washington Post. "If you haven't read him, the loss is yours.  ...the more he writes, the better he gets."


New Releases:

Tornado Alley 





PFP Publishing is extremely pleased and honored to announce the release of new editions of Nova's novels, Tornado Alley and The Book of Dreams in print and eBook versions. 

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Praise for Nova's Work:

Tornado Alley

“What prevents this story of sad, desperate people from being simply dispiriting is the author's considerable writing talent and his great love and empathy for his characters. These people are not the cardboard cutouts of a third-rate novelist. . . . Nova delivers a prose that is completely appropriate to the verbal skills of an ordinary person and yet at the same time lyrical, subtle, almost poetic, a prose that makes his characters' emotional lives palpable, a prose that makes a sad story pleasurable to read.” Chris Keledjian, The Los Angeles Times.

 ''Tornado Alley is the kind of book one takes to the beach or to the mountains for the purpose of total immersion. Its world is painstakingly needlepointed in every detail, a real service to the reader who likes to revisit sometimes overly familiar territory. . . . There are brilliant stretches of writing as well as truly touching glimpses of deeply hurt but paradoxically alive people.” Andrei Codrescu, The New York Times.


The Book of Dreams

"Using a handful of characters from a high-powered studio chief to a neat-freak hitman whose lives all intersect, Nova spins a gorgeous tale that fully rejuvenates in often surprising fashion the tired Hollywood-novel genre. Despite their familiarity, the characters and their backgrounds are marvelously detailed and ...cliche-free (no small feat in this genre). . . . Nova's eighth novel is so good that it reminds one of the great Day of the Locust." - Library Journal

"...These flawed but compelling characters are the walking wounded, limping and cringing with residual pain from their love-starved pasts. A potently visual writer, Nova is also adept at articulating the obtuseness of an obsessed or hopeless mind. His eighth novel, perhaps his best, is enticing, unsettling, and gratifyingly noir...." - Booklist    


Craig Nova

"…One of the things I have learned about the passage of time is that people you care about can disappear, and when they do, they leave a hole that is impossible to fill. …when I am with a friend, I am a little different than I am with other people, and I only get to be this way when I am with this particular friend. It is a gift that someone you care about gives to you. These people let you be more the way you want to be, just by being with them. The hard lesson, as a Buddhist would say, is that when one of these friends dies he takes some of you with him, if only because you discover, with a sort of amazement, that the person you got to be when you were with the friend who died is gone…. a lesson that time teaches, living in the moment with people you care about, is one of the keenest pleasures of life. I see this as a matter of letting go, of not planning or thinking ahead, but just forgetting the future and the past and being there in the moment. This is why, of course, fishing with friends is such a good thing to do. You are on the stream, and the water flows by. A fish rises. What did it take? Was that a caddisfly? A mayfly? What variety? Are the fish taking the fly just below the surface. Have you got an emerger to fish in the film? Well, when you are thinking this way, you don’t have time to worry about the usual barbed wire of life…."

(Craig Nova from the preface to Brook Trout and The Writing Life)