Coyote Loop

Coyote Loop

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In Chicago, at the peak of the Great Recession, John Ganzi, Coyote Loop's take-no-bullshit narrator, has, at 44, already outlived his father. He’s a wealthy options trader, divorced, and his only friend is his disgruntled clerk, who he grew up with—two lower-class kids from the Southside, now made good. When Jeanie, Ganzi’s estranged teenage daughter, unexpectedly moves in with him, he sees an opportunity to one-up his old man by being the one thing his own father never was: a dad. Jeanie, however, despite her virginal veneer, turns out to be carrying on the family legacy of deception and addiction. When tragedy strikes, father and daughter must reconcile to help each other evolve into better versions of themselves—or risk losing everything. Adapt or Die: it should be scrawled in Latin across the Ganzi family crest.

Through an unforgettable narrative voice, Coyote Loop portrays a worldly, biting, and immutable character who bull-charges through his days. Coyote Loop is the story of one rapidly changing city, in this case, Chicago, and a financial system fueled by oversized personalities and boundless greed. Portraying a unique, fiercely loyal, and often funny parent-child dynamic, this novel explores how far we’ll go so that we don’t grow up to be our parents—and so that our children grow up to be something different, and better, than us.

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Coyote Loop Reviewed in Windy City Reviews

June 24, 2021


Coyote Loop (Adelaide Books, 2021) was favorably reviewed in Windy City Reviews. “An exquisitely written tale about relationships that evolves into a special sort of love story,” says reviewer Dennis Hetzel. “L.C. Fiore’s new novel belongs on your must-read list.” Read the full review here.

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Coyote Loop Reviewed in Southern Literary Review

June 16, 2021


Coyote Loop (Adelaide Books, 2021) was favorably reviewed as the “June Read of the Month” in Southern Literary Review.  “This novel stands out not only for creating an unforgettable, all-too-human protagonist in John Andrew Ganzi,” says reviewer Donna Meredith, “but also for taking us inside the fascinating, exotic world of options traders.” Read the full review here.

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“Magic” Reviewed in Historical Novel Society

February 19, 2021


I missed this review of The Last Great American Magic when it came out in 2017, but I’m so humbled by it, I thought it worth sharing. Many thanks to Steve Donoghue for this thoughtful reading. Check it out here. “Fiore’s many action scenes are gripping, but the real strength of the book is its […]

“Bangalore” Included in MQR Anthology

February 1, 2021


My 2010 short story “Bangalore” is included in Michigan Quarterly Review’s 60th Anniversary Issue, a “special selection” of works that have appeared in the journal over the past six decades. Other contributors include Margaret Atwood, Bertolt Brecht, Toni Morrison, Adrienne Rich, Charles Simic, and many more. MQR is published quarterly by the University of Michigan.

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“Magic” Wins Gold

September 19, 2017


The Last Great American Magic has won Gold in the “Tall Tale” category of the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards: L.C. Fiore is a master craftsman when it comes to characters and plot. Fast-paced and intriguing, the plot has many “Aha!” moments. The story begins with action and the evocation of powerful and interesting images: […]

Quoted in IBPA Article

July 31, 2017


I was quoted at length in the article “The Cream of the Crop” on the Independent Book Publishers Association website. The product matters. The presentation of your submission package matters. Most importantly, comport yourself professionally, from the cover letter, to the supporting materials, to the book itself. Pay attention to details, be courteous, and remember […]

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“Magic” Takes Silver at IBPA

April 14, 2017


The Last Great American Magic has won Silver in the category of Historical Fiction at the 29th annual IBPA Ben Franklin Awards. Kudos to the winner, M.L. Becker, whose novel about a Civl War nurse, Iron O’Brian, took Gold. Congrats to all the finalists!

Featured on The Practice of Creativity

April 3, 2017


I had a blast being interviwed by Michele Tracy Berger on her blog, “The Practice of Creativity.” We chatted about what books I’m reading now, what it took to research my new novel, The Last Great American Magic, and whether the things I write are “risky.” The character who kept threatening to steal every scene […]

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The Last Great American Magic Wins Novel of the Year!

March 6, 2017


My new novel, The Last Great American Magic, has been named Novel of the Year by Underground Book Reviews! Chosen from 700 submissions, The Last Great American Magic was up against many, many worthy titles. It’s quite an honor, and I’m humbled…and elated. From the announcement: THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC by L.C. Fiore is more than […]

“Magic” in Publisher’s Weekly

January 20, 2017


It’s quite an honor for Booklife, which covers indy publishing for Publisher’s Weekly, to have chosen to review my latest novel, The Last Great American Magic: “Tecumseh’s Shawnee descendants may well tell his story differently but this works adequately as a piece of fiction.” If there’s no such thing as bad press, I’ll certainly take […]