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Reviews & Praise for "The Spud"

Reviews & Praise for "The Spud"

Through the infinite layers of experience, Brilliant grabs the reader by our shoulders.
— Jessie McCarty, for Hooligan Mag

Read an interview with Brielle Brilliant in Hooligan Mag


The writing zips between inner memory and outer world with such speed that the boundary between the two begins to melt away … To read The Spud is to find yourself at the center of a constellation of possibilities rather facing down a single hard, cool reality … Brilliant is masterful at conjuring this experience, playing and tinkering with the point at which narrative breaks down into naked, exposed words without ever letting them dissolve into chaos.
— Colin Flynn, for Cleveland Review of Books

Read a review of The Spud in Cleveland Review of Books


Startling and haunting, an unforgettable debut.
— David Gutowski, for Largehearted Boy

Check out Brielle Brilliant’s notes & music playlist for The Spud on Largehearted Boy

Brielle Brilliant on tour for "The Spud"

Brielle Brilliant on tour for "The Spud"

In celebration of her novel, The Spud, debuting on November 6, Brielle Brilliant will be doing a reading/performance tour this fall:

And during this tour, Brielle will be debuting her film, Streakers (starrrrring our very own Tim Kinsella), at the Nitehawks Shorts Festival in NYC.

Even if you don't live near these places, maybe your BFF does?

Poignant, timely, bizarre, and heartfelt: this tiny text will fuck you up.
— Leyna Krow, author of I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking

Announcing "The Spud" by Brielle Brilliant

Announcing "The Spud" by Brielle Brilliant

KP is the brother of a mass shooter. JD is the shooter's number 1 fan. The pair drives through rural Idaho, the physical and psychological landmarks of the violence imposing themselves on the characters and the reader.

The Spud is a puzzle: thinking/watching/living a movie rerun…

The book is timely, given the terrible frequency of mass shootings in this country. And its structure reflects the complex nature of the topics it covers, using an internal logic that only reveals itself the deeper you get into it.

While its content is most similar to A Clockwork Orange, Sartre's Nausea, or the work of Cormac McCarthy, its form has more in common with indie films like Badlands and Deleuze's philosophies on cinema. Fans of films such as Gus Van Sant’s Elephant and Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers are gonna love it.

I can’t think of another writer like Brielle Brilliant right now. She’s doing something really unforgettable with language and narrative and memory and time.
— Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book

The Spud will be IN STORES EVERYWHERE NOV. 6 but available direct from us very sooon! In the meantime, read an excerpt on our website and watch the teaser video below. Brielle will travel extensively to promote the book this fall—we promise these events are not to be missed!