The Creative Writing Program’s first fiction reading of the year is next Tuesday! Please join us!
Darrin Doyle, author of Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet: A Love Story
Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Third-floor Bridge of Wiekamp
Light refreshments and book-signing to follow. (Books will be for sale, and are currently available at IUSB’s book store.)
Darrin’s novel has been praised by two of our Wolfson Speakers, Brock Clarke and Bonnie Jo Campbell:
“Darrin Doyle’s startling first novel is dirty and sweet, funny and terrifying. But above all else, it’s one of a kind: I’ve never read a book like Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet, one that so daringly and empathetically depicts the sometimes messed up, sometimes beautiful things we do in the name of love”
Author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England
“This wacky and philosophical story suggests that the secret to a contented life may not be so different than the one employed in education: let’s simply lower our standards. That said, this is also a convincing tale of romantic love.”
—Bonnie Jo Campbell
Author of Q Road
About the Book:
Darrin Doyle’s Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet: A Love Story is a comic novel about love, memory, obesity, adjectives, top-ten lists, fish, and murder. A black comedy in the vein of A Confederacy of Dunces, Revenge follows two middle-agers as they struggle through life.
Doyle’s debut tells the story of Dale Portwit and Mary Ann Tucker, two fragile middle-aged teachers who feel that the peak of life has come and gone. After a failed suicide attempt, Mr. Portwit begins a whirlwind courtship with Mary Ann that leads to wedding bands, a house in the suburbs, and an indulgent love life – but not happiness. Perhaps all that this marriage needs to revitalize itself is a little revenge.
About the Author:
Darrin Doyle’s fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, The Long Story, Cottonwood, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. He has received the Border Tuition Scholarship for the New York Summer Writers’ Institute and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University and lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan with his wife and two sons.
More info about Darrin can be found at: http://www.darrindoyle.com/