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Congratulations on release of your book and an awesome review.


Congrats...! Great Review!

I just bought the Amazon ebook version ($10)- not avail to read of course til tomorrow (the 28th). I buy very few books in retirement--use the eboks at NYPL (& Queens & Brooklyn. Wish they had a mechanism to donate specific ebooks!).

I've really enjoyed your blogs (& refering other Manhattan gays to them)& other posts elsewhere.

Now the book! (& more books in the future!).


Matthew Gallaway

Thanks for the kind words (and for buying the book!!), Chaz -- I hope you enjoy!

David Boxwell, Annapolis MD

Alas, Timberg didn't "get" your fab pun on "The Makropoulos Case." Anyhoo, I've ordered your book since the review alerted me to it--and it's right up my street. Looking forward to devouring it.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks David -- yes, he may have missed that allusion, but Im certainly not complaining LOL!!! Hope you enjoy...

James van Maanen

Wonderful review, Matt! Deeply-felt congratulations, my friend! If the review makes ME so happy -- I can hardly imagine what's it's done to YOU. Now -- if Borders would only send the copy I ordered months ago, I could find out what all the shouting is about....

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks, Jim -- your copy should arrive today, which is the official on-sale date. I hope you enjoy!!!

Jeffrey C

Read the review. Immediately ordered the book. Went to the old blog. Got lost in wonderment for an hour. Came here. All in all a good way to start the day for This Midwest Gay (not yet trademarked)

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks, Jeffrey -- I hope you enjoy the book!


Very exciting. Many congrats on the review. Love the website and can't wait for the book!

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks, Joel -- I hope you enjoy it!

Mark D

Matt, I can't be more impressed with these reviews and this achievement - I am lucky to have known you "back when." You have much to be proud of my friend. I have ordered and can't wait to read! Mark D.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks so much, Mark -- I hope you enjoy the book, and if youre still in NYC, I hope we can have a drink again in the not-too-distant future! Hope alls well -- Matt

Miles Harter

Although we have not met, allow me to join the chorus of well-wishers. What a wonderful review! And completely deserved. Immediately after reading the review, I downloaded the book to my Kindle. I had to force myself to not finish reading in one day; I did not want to leave the characters, or the story. (It was also fun to listen to/watch productions of Tristan und Isolde on You Tube on my BlackBerry as I read...) I did finish your remarkable story this morning, but it will remain in my thoughts and heart for many days (years?). As a voracious, enthusiastic, and often critical reader, I generally find myself second-guessing authors or contemplating how I could have better written a character or a passage. But this book was, in my humble opinion, the Perfect Novel, on a par with Freedom, another Perfect Novel. I look forward to recommending your book to my friends who still read Good Books. (I wish I had more such friends...) Congratulations on an absolutely stunning novel!! I look forward to keeping up with your blog, and to reading your next stellar achievements.

Matthew Gallaway

Wow -- thanks so much Miles -- what an honor to be compared to Franzen! Thanks also for helping to spread the word and if youre at all inclined, Id love for you to post the below words as a customer review on Amazon. Happy New Year! Best regards, Matt G

Miles Harter

Hi again, Matt- I just posted the review, somewhat modified. It appears under the name "Aspiring Writer/Avid Reader." That was a name I chose earlier this year when I posted a review of another book. (That my cousin wrote !! ...) I am a somewhat new New Yorker (living in UWS/LIncoln Center area) and have never been to Washington Heights. As an avid runner (in Front Runners New York), I have run along the Hudson past the GW Bridge, so I must have hit Wash Heights. I will explore the area once the weather warms up. My next step will be to update GoodReads... yes, I did love the book that much. For me, it struck a chord... your story and prose have a haunting beauty that I rarely find. Happy New Year! Miles

P.S. I hope you plan to do book readings... perhaps you will provide info on your blog.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks very much, Miles -- greatly appreciated!!! I will be doing readings in January, specifically at McNally Jackson on 1/19 at 7pm. Hope you can make it! Happy New Year!! Thanks again, MG

Kelly T Keating

Bravo! Great event the other night too! Thanks for signing the books.


Matthew Gallaway

Thanks Kelly -- Im glad you could make it!

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Gods final



A young boy wanders into the woods of Harlem and witnesses the abduction of his sister by a glowing creature. Forty years later, now working as a New York City homicide detective, Gus is assigned to a case in which he unexpectedly succumbs to a vision that Helen is still alive. To find her, he embarks on an uorthodox investigation that leads to an ancient civilization of gods and the people determined to bring them back.

In this colossal new novel from the author of The Metropolis Case, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice collides with a new religion founded by three corporate office workers, creating something beautiful, illogical, and overwhelming. Part sex manifesto, part religious text, part Manhattan noir—with a dose of deadly serious, internet inspired satire—#gods is a sprawling inquest into the nature of faith and resistance in the modern world. With each turn of the page, #gods will leave you increasingly reborn.

Praise for #gods

“#gods is a mystery, an excavation of myths, an index of modern life, a gay coming-of-age story, an office satire, a lyrical fever dream, a conspiracy. One of the most ambitious novels in recent memory—and a wild, possibly transformative addition to the canon of gay literature—it contains multitudes, and seethes with brilliance.” —Mark Doten, author of The Infernal

“Matthew Gallaway’s #gods is a novel so brilliant, so funny, so full of strange and marvelous things, I couldn’t stop writing OMG WTF I <3 THIS SO MUCH in its margins. It’s rare to find a novel that so dazzlingly reinvigorates age-old meditations on faith and f&!*ing, art and eros. Luminous, enterprising, and sublimely cheeky, #gods tells the story, the myth, the dream of the human soul in all its glorious complexity.” —Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch

“Matthew Gallaway’s storytelling manages to be both dreamy and serious; lean and luxurious. His words carry an incantatory power of mythic storytelling where beauty and savagery wrap around each other like bright threads in a gorgeous tapestry.” —Natasha Vargas-Cooper, author of Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America

“If the ancient gods were just like us, only more so, then the same could be said for this strange, wonderful book, in which the mundane sorrows and small triumphs of very ordinary lives glow ever so slightly around the edges, sometimes quite literally. At once an oddly romantic send-up of dead-end office culture and an offbeat supernatural procedural, #gods is terrifically weird, melancholy, sexy, and charming.” —Jacob Bacharach, author of The Bend of the World

The Metropolis Case

'It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.'

-- The New York Times

Music: Death Culture at Sea and Saturnine

Listen or download songs and records from my indie-rock past with Saturnine here and Death Culture at Sea here.

Music Video: Remembrance of Things Past

Watch the rock opera Remembrance of Things Past written and performed by Saturnine and Frances Gibson, starring Bennett Madison and Sheila McClear.

Video: The Chaos Detective

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