Thomas E. Kennedy is an astonishment, and [his novel]
In the Company of Angels is as elegant as it is beautiful,
as important as it profound. A marvel of a read.
—Junot Dìaz, Pulitzer Prize Winner 2008
And thank you for visiting. We invite you to step in and explore.
In case you don’t know Kennedy’s writing, The New York Times has described it as “shimmering with emotional honesty,” The Cape Cod Voice as “wildly inventive and wickedly comic.”
In the words of Andre Dubus, III, author of House of Sand and Fog:
“… Kennedy takes us from the darkest, most violent regions of our collective behavior to our most exalted: our enduring hope for something higher, our need to forgive and be forgiven, our human hunger to love and be loved.”
Kennedy writes about the turn of the seasons, about the beauty of the senses, of existence, of language itself. He writes about love, death, birth, parenthood, cruelty, compassion, torture, music, fear, and hope. He writes about the mistakes we make — and the small choices, good and bad, that decide our future.
And he writes about Copenhagen, his adopted city, which he has portrayed in the four novels of The Copenhagen Quartet, and which he continues to portray in his blog, “A Shout From Copenhagen.”
Frank magazine wrote, in awarding Kennedy the Frank Expatriate Writing Award in 2002: “Kennedy has done for Copenhagen what Joyce did for Dublin.”
Kennedy writes about a score of places — including Copenhagen, New York, Paris, Dublin, San Francisco, Helsinki, South Africa, Chile — and his books and story collections have been praised by a range of publications in several countries: from The Literary Review to The Review of Contemporary Fiction, from the Irish Edition to Euroman, from Copenhagen’s Politiken and Information to Chile’s Las Ultimas Noticias, from Tokyo’s Abiko to Frank magazine in Paris.
These words are from the founder of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, Dr. Inge Genefke, who has been nominated repeatedly for the Nobel Prize:
“With the great talent of an artist [Kennedy] has created a language which brilliantly describes not only the intense loneliness and distress of those who have survived torture, but also the struggle, hope, and possibility of their healing.”
In 2007, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) sponsored a panel on Kennedy’s fiction, entitled, “Thomas E. Kennedy: A Lifetime in Literature.” At the panel, six professors, writers, and editors spoke about various aspects of Kennedy’s work. Those presentations are published in South Carolina Review, New Letters magazine, Cimarron Review, and Perigee.
The Judges of the National Magazine Award, the “Ellie” which Kennedy received in 2008, said that his winning entry was “essay writing at its best.” The essay was reprinted in Best American Magazine Writing 2008.
We hope you will want to roam this site, let the work speak for itself in the excerpts here, let Kennedy speak for himself and read from his work in the film clips. You are a welcome guest. And we hope you will be inspired to let us know what you think.
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