Lee Durkee is the author of the novel Rides of the Midway (WW Norton). His stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Sun, The Best of the Oxford American, Zoetrope: All Story, Tin House, New England Review, Mississippi Noir, and many other places. His second novel The Last Taxi Driver will be published in March 2020 by Tin House Books. In 2021 Scribner will publish his memoir Stalking Shakespeare, which chronicles his decade-long obsession with trying to find lost portraits of William Shakespeare and get them x-rayed. He lives in North Mississippi.
FROM TIN HOUSE BOOKS MARCH 2020 (pre-order links below)
THE LAST TAXI DRIVER is a darkly comic novel about a driver’s daylong descent into madness and murder. Written by a former cabbie, THE LAST TAXI DRIVER careens through the trailer parks and projects of a North Mississippi college town as your driver, Lou, becomes increasingly somnambulant and his fares increasingly eccentric. Equal parts Bukowski and Portis, Durkee’s novel is an homage to a dying American industry.
“A wild, funny, poetic fever-dream that will change the way you think about America. Durkee is a true original – a wise and wildly talented writer who knows something profound about that special strain of American darkness that comes out of blended paucity, materialism, and addiction – but also, in the joy and honesty and wit of the prose, he offers a way out. I loved this book and felt jangled and inspired and changed by it.” George Saunders–Booker Prize winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo
“A stone cold masterpiece from @lee_durkee. Haven’t felt this way since reading JESUS’ SON and BRINGING OUT THE DEAD for the first time. Raw, revelatory, honest, full of kindness & anger & sadness & compassion.” –William Boyle, author of Gravesend.
AND COMING OUT FROM SCRIBNER IN 2020:
AWARDED THE MISSISSIPPI ART COMMISSION GRANT FOR NONFICTION IN 2020
Moving portrait by portrait, STALKING SHAKESPEARE documents the scandalous history of Shakespeare portraits and the author’s maniacal attempts to time travel through layers of paint back into the world of the Elizabethan occult.
AVAILABLE FROM W.W. NORTON: