Welcome to MattoxRoesch.com.
My name is Matt. I am the author of this website and also of the novel Sometimes
We're Always Real Same-Same.
write stories. I live with my wife and daughter in Unalakleet,
AK. I ride a bike and eat fish. I try to enjoy life, and I try to
help others enjoy life.
2010 Semi-Finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
New West Best Books in the West, 2009
Best Adult Books for Young Adults, 2009
"There's something unquestionably endearing about Go-boy."
“Recommended for adventurous readers and fans of
small towns everywhere." -Library
"Thoughtful ... [Roesch] delivers." -NY
Times Book Review
"Roesch’s debut novel is a riveting story.
... Roesch sets up a complex network of village relationships ... it’s
all very real and very compelling." -PopMatters
"This glimpse of life in a far off place, family, community,
and starting over is written with a fresh and vibrant voice that is unforgettable."
-Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover.
"Roesch ... writes with a spare elegance." -Seattle
Minneapolis Star Tribune review here. Excerpt:
"What makes this book good is its subtle rendering of village
life as a web of relationships that sustain individual and community in
a harsh environment. Yet because the characters are so well imagined, it
does so without becoming a sociological diorama."
Lots to update.
First: the tour went great! Thanks to Unbridled and all the bookstores who
supported the release.
Stuff about 'Same-Same':
49 Writers Interview
Guest Blogs: Worducopia & Bookmark at the U
Forgiveness Conspiracy (inspired by Go-boy!)
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner review here. Excerpt:
"This is a tightly written, well thought out book....Roesch
never sentimentalizes. His characters are memorable, his storyline rings
true, and his underlying ideas are well worth pondering."
Amazing Adulthood of Alexis
of a Bookish Kitty
New West Review here. Excerpt:
"Roesch has a winner."
Booklist reviewed my novel. It's wonderful. The full review will appear in
their September 15 issue. Excerpt:
"Refreshingly honest ... masterful... Roesch draws
the reader closer and closer to his tightly knit characters and the community
that binds them. A totally engaging first novel...and completely unique."
"A smashing debut by a writer who does not flinch from the misfortune
and cruelty that rule certain lives but whose vision is full of beauty,
wisdom, and grace." -Sigrid Nunez
Anchorage Press included
a review of Sometimes We're Always Real Same-Same in their feature
article. Check it here.
"In Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same, Mattox
Roesch gives us a version of rural Alaska that we can smell, feel, hear
and see. It’s fresh and rare treat in that it avoids clichés.
(Mountains don’t “loom over” everything in this novel
and Alaska Natives don’t “walk in two worlds” the characters
live where they happen to live.)
Publishers Weekly gave Sometimes
We're Always Real Same-Same a very good review. Check it out here.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Bulter had this to say about Sometimes
We're Always Real Same-Same:
"Though Mattox Roesch’s enchanting narrator
in his debut novel is seventeen, the book is far more than a teen-coming-of-age
tale. The deep and universal desire for connectedness is explored here
in stunningly original ways that speak to us all. Sometimes
We’re Always Real Same-Same is
an exciting debut by one of America’s finest young writers."
"The Maluksuk," a story about fish counting and
guilt, will be published by The
Sun Magazine this fall. It's a beautiful publication
that is completely supported by subscriptions and sales (not ads), and I'm
thrilled to join them in all they do to challenge, educate, and inspire our
Sometimes We're Always Real Same-Same, my novel about Go-boy
and Cesar and Kiana and bunch of other things (jail, spray-paint, heaven
on earth), will be published by Unbridled
Books this September!
The 2008 Pushcart Prize anthology
gave my story "The Thing in Her Thumb" an honorable
mention. That story orignially appeared in Redivider.
The short story "All the Way Rider" is
available now in Narrative
Magazine's Spring '08 issue! And it's free! Just visit their site.
hardcopy edition is available here and
it looks like this:
Two recent stories published. "Burn the House Down" and "The
Thing in Her Thumb" appear in the latest issues of Indiana
Review and Redivider.
Single copies are available on their websites.
Best American Nonrequired Reading showed up last week and the
story "Humpies" is in there. The anthology looks great. Check
it out at your local bookshop or any online bookseller, including Powells.com.
For visual reference:
**And read what Minus
Spine had to say about the story "Humpies." They're awfully