Leading Men Receives Glowing Review from New York Times

We here at GrubStreet couldn’t be prouder of the rave reviews coming in for the new novel by our Artistic Director, Christopher Castellani. Leading Men received a career-defining and glowing review in the daily New York Times. “Writing fiction is to no small degree a confidence game, and Leading Men casts a spell right from the start," wrote lead Times critic Dwight Garner, who categorized it as a “Book of the Times.”

Chris credits his formative role in developing GrubStreet’s innovative programs -- from founding the Muse and the Marketplace conference to designing our first Novel Incubator to his ongoing work re-imagining the workshop structure in our core curriculum -- with helping him reach these new artistic heights. “Over the years, the work we’ve done together at GrubStreet -- as well as the risks I see our instructors, students, and staff taking in their projects -- has inspired and motivated me to push my own fiction in new directions. There is no better audience than a Grub audience: a sea of loving, supportive faces who understand all too well what it takes to finish a project,” said Castellani.


The full New York Times review, which goes on to call the novel “a kind of poem in praise of pleasure,” can be read here, and you can learn more about Leading Men here.


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