"A wise, funny and strangely
sad fable of love, art and life. Moody Fellow is a hero for anyone who's young
and lost and yearning to be found."
- Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians
"No one else is writing like Douglas Watson.
He's able to slip under the skin of our everyday lives and turn out the truth hidden beneath, with meticulous and careful words full of sympathy as well as great wit and humor. Part love story, part journey to self-discovery, part meditation on art and life and God and why the hell life matters, A MOODY FELLOW FINDS LOVE AND THEN DIES is the book you should be reading right now."
- Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief
"A welcome reminder
of the magical properties of fiction,
the way that Douglas Watson so perfectly captures the weirdness and slanted joy of one man's quest for love in such a compressed narrative. To use Watson's own fantastic words, this unique novel sent 'a shiver of pure animal nervousness' through me that exited via my fingertips. I'll be reading it again to recapture that feeling."
- Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang
"We know how the book will end. Moody will find love with Kate, and then he will die. But Watson's writing keeps a reader asking how? Why? He gives us an interesting de-vice of suspense, really, an ending presented right up front. It's less whodunit
, more howdunit
. . . This means hard work for Watson. It takes extra effort to keep a reader on his/her toes with the end of a book not in doubt. To accomplish this, the author's voice rings dry and witty, sardonic and melancholy. His sentences swoop and dip and dive, flying like the improvised piano pieces Moody himself plays throughout the story. . ."
- Brock Kingsley, Paste magazine
"I burned through this book in one day. It's rich in the many agreeable elements found in Watson's stories, only with the addition of the sustained concentration that comes with a novel's mass. As the title suggests, it chronicles the life and death of a moody fellow... Any attempt at labeling, I'll argue, simplifies this novel's nuanced ambitions. Watson takes big risks. Through sublimely serious play and playful seriousness, these risks spin out, threading humor into heartbreak. Watson's craft is as captivating as it is graceful. Please read this book. . ."
- Joseph Scapellato, from his interview with Douglas Watson, in Heavy Feather Review
"This is the funniest book I've read in a long time. . . A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies
is a love letter to boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, family, friends, art, the city -- and, finally, it is a love letter to any reader who needs a reminder that fine books can be written about good people trying to be good." - Benjamin Rybeck, Three Guys, One Book
"There are a few things that make A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies
feel like a modern fairytale: its decidedly lyrical verse, the pithy unseen narrators, and the fanciful notions of people dropping dead upon seeing one of the most beautiful women to ever live. . . absolutely worth reading, including for the willingness to buck traditional expectations of narration and style." - Audrey Quinn, New Pages