Garrett's Novel 'Cycling' Garners Enthusiastic Reviews

Sept. 23, 2003

"Cycling," the newest novel by Dr. Greg Garrett, professor of English at Baylor University, has received enthusiastic reviews since its release earlier this month. The "Library Journal" recommended the book and cited the dialogue and "characters who are whole and complex," while the "Austin American-Statesman" said Garrett's "skill at characterization lends the Waco-set 'Cycling' heft and promise."

Published by Kensington Books, "Cycling" follows the misadventures of Brad Cannon, a Baylor graduate and so-called writer, as he tries to make his way through life with a minimum of pain and personal responsibility.

Garrett's first novel, "Free Bird," was chosen by both "Publishers Weekly" and the "Denver Rocky Mountain News" as one of the top fiction debuts of 2002. The book also was a finalist for the Violet Crown Award, given to the best work of Texas fiction, and was Kensington's nominee for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Talks are currently under way with screenwriter Howie Klausner ("Space Cowboys") to adapt and direct "Free Bird" for the screen.

Garrett, who has taught at Baylor since 1989, is the author of three dozen short stories and is a past winner of the William Faulkner Prize for Fiction. He and Baylor alumnus Chris Seay teamed to write this year's "The Gospel Reloaded: Exploring Spirtuality and Faith in the Matrix." Garrett currently is at work on a book that will explore comic books, religion and American myth. His third novel is slated for publication in September 2004. He will appear at bookstores, colleges and at writing festivals this fall.

For more information, contact Garrett at 710-7679 or .

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