"My wife has gone to Marrakesh with her little French girlfriend, my car has broken down, and the villa we've taken for the summer is right up this hill."
An aging criminal reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley receives threatening phone calls from a man who claims to be Cal Thornton, the young heir he thought he'd killed decades before on the island of Stromboli. Meanwhile, a dying thriller writer based on the famous lesbian author fights off an old girlfriend's smothering advances while stalking a young female performance artist, who was also once her lover, in a haze of violent obsession. TYLER'S LAST is an homage to Highsmith, the last years of her life, her work's obsessions and the twisting mythology that has tied them together. It is also the name of the novel she's racing to finish, a final goodbye to her down-and-out protagonist, and the Doppelgangers that stalk him. Both stories come together in Normandy and in Senegal in search of redemption for characters who have good reason to expect nothing close.
from John Casey:
"David Winner's new novel is a double pleasure -- for one, there is an engrossing thriller with an alternately hapless and capable scoundrel, flight and fight, twists and turns. . . The second pleasure is that that thriller is in the process of being written by an aging woman author who is transforming her own pursuits and betrayals in her fiction. This meta-move is clever, but it turns out to be much more than clever. She is, for all her high-handed treatment of her entourage, a memorably sympathetic and moving character. The two fictions reinforce each other resonantly. Bravo!"
from Ann Beattie:
"It's hard to describe David Winner’s fascinating and original book. On one level it's satirical, but as with any kind of comedy, its performance depends on our understanding the riff being done on very serious matters. Also, as the author knows, the serious and the satirical are by now often synonymous in people’s minds, our society has become so absurd. I kept thinking of Hitchcock, and the way he made his audience voyeurs. David Winner’s method is similar, though there’s more than a whiff of Tarantino in the Hitchcock homage, as well. It's riveting and funny, a sort of dazzling movie script that is a novel that involves another book within it. . . It comes at you cinematically, but with the advantage of a novel that alludes to literary models, as well. Its language is hipster shorthand for readers to absorb as they become spectators to the extravaganza, as the book, itself, expands into its political implications. Tyler is certainly the last person I would ever want to sit next to on an airplane."
from Elizabeth McKenzie:
"Fans of Patricia Highsmith will be enthralled by David Winner’s perverse homage to the author and her milieu. This novel casts a narcotic spell, leaving one savaged as well as tremendously impressed."
from Elizabeth Evans:
"With the magical plot of Tyler’s Last, Winner proves himself a son of Nabokov. An aging, maniacal author’s struggles to finish her final “Tyler” book are divinely echoed and, ultimately, wildly entwined with the actions of her even madder creation. Just finished this tour de force, and I’m ready to read it again!"
from Zachary Lazar:
"Tyler’s Last is both parody and homage, aimed not only at the Ripley novels of Patricia Highsmith but at their lost mid-century glamour. A comic and dazzling movie-in-words, Winner’s book shuttles us around the globe--Italy, France, The Netherlands, Senegal--in a gratifying game of illusion and counter-illusion, color and intrigue, all rendered with Nabokovian venom and glee."
David Winner’s first novel, The Cannibal of Guadalajara, won the 2009 Gival Press Novel Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. A film based on a story of Winner's played at Cannes in 2007. His writing has won a Ledge Magazine fiction contest and been nominated for two Pushcarts and an AWP Intro Contest. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, Fiction, The Iowa Review (upcoming), Chicago Quarterly Review (upcoming), Confrontation, Joyland, Dream Catcher, and several other publications in the U.S. and the U.K. as well as being included in Novel Strategies, a Pearson/Prentice Hall anthology for college students. He is the fiction editor of The American (www.theamericanmag.com), a monthly magazine based in Rome.
Oct 4, 2015
KGB Reading Series, New York
Oct 13, 2015
Word Bookstore, Jersey City
Nov 15, 2015
Sunday Salon, New York