Coyote Loop

Coyote Loop

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2021 Book of the Year, Honorable Mention, Chicago Writers Association.

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 NC Literary Review

February 2, 2022

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My novel Coyote Loop (Adelaide Books, 2021) was reviewd by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee James W. Clark, Jr. in the Winter, 2022 online issue of the North Carolina Literary Review. “In addition to madly loving his rambunctious daughter and trying in a broad spectrum of ways to be her sufficient, single parent, [Ganzi] […]

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Coyote Loop Wins Honorable Mention

December 7, 2021

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Coyote Loop (Adelaide Books, 2021) has won Honorable Mention as the 2021 Book of the Year (Traditional Fiction) from the Chicago Writers Association.

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An Interview on Charlotte Readers Podcast

October 15, 2021

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Really enjoyed talking with host Landis Wade on the Charlotte Readers Podcast: We talk about the significance of coyotes, loops, rock ‘n roll love songs, and how I still write all my first drafts long-hand, ’cause I’m crazy like that.

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Coyote Loop Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite

August 18, 2021

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Coyote Loop was favorably reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite: “Coyote Loop is deft and balanced, written in prose that is fluid and replete with mesmerizing descriptions…. Themes of love, family, relationships, parenting, and authenticity are elaborately written. L.C. Fiore’s engaging humor flows naturally throughout the exciting ride with John Ganzi.” For the full […]

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Coyote Loop Reviewed in Midwest Book Review

August 6, 2021

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Coyote Loop (Adelaide Books, 2021) was favorably reviewed by Diane Donovan in Midwest Book Review. “The first strength to note about this astute and compelling story is its ability to draw readers into the bullring of stock trading and operations, a highly charged atmosphere that is purposeful, passionate, and rife with struggle and change.”—Midwest Book […]

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Coyote Loop Reviewed in Windy City Reviews

June 24, 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: […]