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Tom Barbash


Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash grew up in New York, and is the author of three books as well as numerous reviews, stories essays and articles for publications, including McSweeney’s, Tin House, the Believer, Narrative Magazine, One Story, StoryQuarterly, Zyzzyva, the Missouri Review, Story Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN the Magazine, BookForum and the New York Times.

His short story collection STAY UP WITH ME (Ecco/HarperCollins) was nominated for the Folio Prize, and was picked as a Best Book of the Year by the Independent of London, NPR,, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and was a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. British GQ, British Vogue and British Harper’s Bazaar selected it for their summer book clubs.

His novel THE LAST GOOD CHANCE (Picador USA), was awarded The California Book Award, was a Publishers Weekly and Anniston Star Best Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Great Lakes Book Prize and the Saroyan International Prize. 

He has held fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The James Michener Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tom Barbash

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by Tom Barbash - Fiction

It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when 23-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. His father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career. But the more he finds himself enmeshed in his father’s professional and spiritual reinvention, the more Anton questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond.