Greg Ames is the author of Buffalo Lockjaw, a novel that won a NAIBA Book of the Year Award, and Funeral Platter, a collection of twenty short stories, including four that have been featured on Selected Shorts. His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Sun, Southern Review, Catapult, and McSweeney's, among others. He's an associate professor at Colgate University.
Greg Ames' trick, his sleight of hand, is to somehow take the absurd and make it vanish into tenderness, to pull laughter out of the particulars of cruelty, and to give each gorgeously rendered sentence a living human tongue. Every story here is its own cabinet of wonders. Funeral Platter is hands down one of the best collections I've read in years.
—David Ryan, author of Animals in Motion
Funeral Platter is a wonderful, witty collection of very funny and unusual short stories. Its singular characters, truly inventive premises, and manic, propulsive prose make for breakneck reading. Yet, without knowing how it happened, these stories become genuinely insightful about our darkest secret: our loneliness.
— Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia
If you think you’re ready for Ames’s life-changing brand of unhinged literary brilliance, first be sure that you’re someplace where it’s socially acceptable to lose your sh*t.
— J. Robert Lennon, author of Mailman
Vivid, witty, and surprising, Greg Ames's stories will move you in unexpected ways.
— Claire Messud, author of The Emperor's Children