Edward J Delaney

Author, Journalist, Filmmaker, Editor
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Warp & Weft
The Drowning


   Edward J. Delaney's books include the novels Broken IrishWarp & Weft and Follow the Sun, and the short-story collections The Drowning and Other Stories and The Big Impossible: Novellas+Stories, published in 2019 by Turtle Point Press, Brooklyn, NY. His novel The Acrobat is forthcoming in 2022.

   He was a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellow, winner of the 2005 PEN/Winship Award for Fiction, a National Magazine Award finalist, and a past recipient of an O. Henry Prize for short story writing.

   His work has appeared regularly in The Atlantic and other magazines, and has appeared in Best American Short Stories. He is also the co-author of Born to Play, by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

   Delaney is a faculty member at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, where he edits the literary journal Mount Hope.

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In the

“Broken Irish’’ is a satisfying novel steeped in verisimilitude, likely owing to Delaney’s background as a journalist and documentarian. He cares about details and understands their importance to the larger themes of loss, desperation, and betrayed loyalties. His characters are not merely vehicles for ideas, but rather fully realized, familiar people, whose failures are heartbreakingly authentic.


Delaney gracefully guides his rich tapestry, his characters' serpentine circumstances converging toward conclusions that offer little catharsis. There's nary a blue sky in sight in Delaney's world, but readers will be captivated. The author continues to demonstrate great dexterity and storytelling acumen in his lyrical page-turner. 


starred review

In 'Follow The Sun,' Delaney tells multiple moving stories in his third character-driven novel, each intricately woven into the fabric of the others. . . . [His] portrayal of his characters' struggles to survive their troubled pasts is heartbreakingly realistic and honest, making the suspense and its eventual resolution all the more meaningful.



Other Work

Library of the Early Mind
(documentary film, 2010)
Born To Play
by Dustin Pedroia with Edward J. Delaney
(nonfiction, 2009)
The Times Were Never So Bad
(documentary film, 2008)
The Atlantic

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