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Praise for Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature

In Melnyczuk’s wonderful new novel, Jonathan Wainwright immediately charms the reader with his brilliant literary observations and insights, but what really steals the heart is that it comes on a wave of adolescent angst we all recognize–hormones and family problems and pop culture fuel this difficult journey while great and sometimes forgotten literary voices educate and shine light on his young and vulnerable heart.

Jill McCorkle

In this enchanting, very funny journey, Melnyczuk brings his extraordinary writing skills and his visionary understanding of human nature to bear on a story which is as hilarious as it is high-spirited. In the tradition of  Stephen Dedalus, Holden Caulfield and Harry Potter, this story is a beguiling demonstration of what rebellion can achieve. Read it!

Susan Cheever