Harper

9780062908568

STARRED REVIEW

The Gimmicks

Chris McCormick’s tightly knit second novel stretches the reader’s imagination and capacity for empathy.

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Review of ‘The Gimmicks’

Chris McCormick’s tightly knit second novel begins and ends in anonymity. The opening scene finds an Irish professional wrestler searching for a pub, and the final scene is haunted by the shell of a character—bookends that are a testament to the novel’s timeless, universal message about the fine line between performance and authenticity.

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Interview with Chris McCormick

Pro wrestling serves as a clever metaphor in Chris McCormick’s second novel, The Gimmicks, a complex exploration of fakery, authenticity, luck and survival.


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